When Construction Site Safety Rules and Regulations Are Ignored

If you or your loved one was seriously injured on the job due to a construction site safety violation, contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law.

OSHA sets hundreds of safety rules and regulations to help keep workers and employers safe. When these standards are ignored, injuries occur. According to OSHA Data & Statistics, 4,764 workers died on the job in 2020. Workers in transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations accounted for nearly half of all fatal occupational injuries.

These rules and regulations are in place to keep you safe. When an employer or company fails to uphold these standards and an injury occurs, they must be held accountable.

Our construction accident lawyers at Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law will review your claim and investigate your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

The Most Common Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA provides safety rules and regulations for almost every industry, especially those with dangerous conditions like construction sites. Some safety violations are more common than others. The top 10 violations include the following:

  • Fall Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Ladders – construction
  • Hazard Communication
  • Scaffolding – construction
  • Fall Protection Training
  • Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding

When an employee sees any of these or other OSHA safety guidelines being violated, they are encouraged to file a complaint through OSHA’s website. OSHA will then evaluate the complaint; if they determine it is valid, a representative will be sent to the workplace to inspect the situation.

Personal Injury Case for a Construction Accident

When rules and regulations are ignored in the construction industry, accidents happen. Many of these accidents are severe, even fatal. New York has some comprehensive and well-established laws in place to protect and ensure the safety of construction workers. Claims for workers’ compensation benefits are not the only source of recovery and support when a general contractor, building owner, or some other party has been negligent.

If you or your loved one was injured on a construction site due to ignored rules and regulations, you might be able to recover damages for your injuries. These include economic and noneconomic damages. Examples of each include the following:

Economic Damages

  • Medical costs
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Noneconomic Damages

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of a loved one

When an employer or company fails to uphold these standards and an injury occurs, they must be held accountable.

Free Case Evaluation

At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, your personal injury case will receive prompt, personalized, and focused attention. We understand how important it is for you to ensure that your medical expenses will be covered and your family will not suffer more than necessary.