The Fatal Four: Preventing Worker Fatalities Part 3
In this third article, we will introduce the third leading cause of deaths on construction sites and the benefits of having an experienced OSHA attorney in your corner. To review the first and second leading causes of fatalities in construction, visit Part 1 and Part 2 of our article series. Part 4 will conclude our series.
Struck by Object Prevention
Approximately 8% of construction workers were struck by an object in 2014. If not vigilant about their surroundings, construction workers can become victims to objects that are either flying, rolling, falling, or swinging near them.
How to Avoid Being Struck by Objects
To avoid being struck by objects, workers must always wear personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, goggles and face shields will protect the eyes from any object such as debris or nails that can strike the face. Hard hats will help to protect the head from objects that fall. To avoid swinging objects, workers should always be aware of one another. Drivers must watch blind spots and workers should stay clear of vehicles with heavy objects that could roll or fall and injure them.
Legal Assistance is Prevention
At Cotney Construction Law, we understand OSHA’s mission and we work on the behalf of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and many others in the construction industry to prevent injuries and deaths in the workplace. An OSHA attorney can help you:
- Understand OSHA regulations
- Guide you through the inspection process
- Represent you during litigation
- Defend you against retaliation claims
- Explain OSHA reporting guidelines
If you’ve received an OSHA violation or simply need some guidance regarding inspections, a legal expert will be an asset to your business. An OSHA defense lawyer will come alongside construction professionals to promote an environment of health and safety to increase productivity among workers which will contribute to a decrease in citations and violations due to noncompliance with state and federal safety regulations.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.