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How are construction sites kept safe despite dangers?

Construction workers face some very dangerous circumstances each day that they go onto a job site. These dangers are caused by the heavy machinery necessary for projects, as well as the complex procedures that might be necessary. Despite the dangers of the construction industry, construction workers still have the right to expect their work environment to be safe.

How is the safety of the construction industry regulated?

The construction industry has to comply with regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has established obligations for employers, as well as rights and responsibilities for employees. In some cases, job sites are inspected by OSHA to determine if the employer is complying with regulations. If an accident occurs, OSHA will be called in to investigate the accident to determine if there were any safety violations.

What happens if the employer doesn't comply with regulations?

An employer who isn't compliant with OSHA regulations can face fines and other penalties. If an employee is injured in an accident that was caused by a safety violation, the injured employee might seek compensation. Violations of OSHA regulations can be reported to OSHA by employees without the employee fearing that he or she will be discriminated or retaliated against because of the report.

Construction workers who are injured in any type of accident might pursue compensation. Determining a course of action will often start with determining who is responsible for the accident. Once that determination is made, you can explore your options for seeking compensation that can help to cover missed wages and medical bills.

Source: FindLaw, "OSHA and Construction Workers' Right to a Safe Workplace," accessed Oct. 23, 2015

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