• OSHA: PA Workers Exposed to Fall Hazards

    The many different kinds of risks present in the construction industry can often be identified through looking at the kinds of citations that businesses get from federal safety groups and other regulators. For example, a recent case in Pennsylvania shows how the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA handles certain kinds of slip and fall hazards for construction workers.

    According to an internal OSHA Regional News Release dated May 5, a Pennsylvania builder was cited for serious violations, including lack of fall protection for workers over a dozen feet up from ground level. Citations included lack of safety equipment for tools, as well as the insufficient fall protection. In this particular case, proposes penalties were over $30,000.

    Slip and Fall Injuries

    The above report also cites an official in OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania office as stating that falls are the primary cause of death in the construction industry. This is just one of many pieces of evidence that show how pervasive slip and fall injuries are in construction, and how often they lead to tragic injury or death scenarios. Roofers and other high-risk workers need appropriate protections in order to avoid falling off of workspaces dozens of feet or several stories off of the ground.

    With so many thousands of workers injured each year, it’s critical for businesses to evaluate proper safeguards including:

    • specific fall protections
    • warning or signage for uneven surfaces or other slip and fall hazards
    • personal protective equipment

    Both in industries like construction, and in general public health and safety, slip and fall injuries often involve serious types of bodily harm such as:

    • concussion or brain injury
    • broken bones
    • spinal injury

    Professional slip and fall personal injury attorneys work on behalf of their clients, to assess whether other parties were responsible for negligence or inattention to public safety and should pay towards settlements for the cost of care and recovery. In Bridgeton and around the New Jersey area, Bridgeton slip and fall lawyers represent clients using knowledge of federal, state and local law, as well as what’s happening in the industry of a whole, and what’s common in local areas of New Jersey.

    Bridgeton Slip and Fall Lawyers

    If you or someone you love was injured in a slip and fall accident, at work or anywhere else, talk to the Bridgeton slip and fall lawyers lawyers at Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr, LLC. We have professionals who are experienced in representing New Jersey families in workplace and construction site accidents and other kinds of personal injury or wrongful death scenarios. We will keep you informed on the details of your case and help you to move a claim forward — Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr, LLC is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and able to help injury victims and their families to get the best chance of equitable settlements and awards for covering the cost of medical care, missed wages and much more.

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