Construction employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees at each construction site. In addition to providing proper training and equipment, employers should make sure each employee has the training and experience to complete the job safely. It is when sites are not set up properly that people are injured and even killed on the work site.
One man was killed after falling 20 feet while completing framing work on a home in Media, Pennsylvania. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the framing subcontractor $170,560 and another construction company $74,217 due to violations and oversights that led to the man’s death. The framing subcontractors failed to provide a fall protection system that could have saved the man’s life. The construction company neglected to ensure that the subcontractor was using proper safety equipment. Furthermore, the construction company did not have a proper program in place to identify and prevent hazardous conditions at the construction site.
The long fall sent the man to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.
When construction companies and other employers fail to ensure workers safety, they should be held accountable for their negligent actions. If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of employer negligence or a workplace injury, you may want to seek the assistance of an attorney in Pennsylvania. An attorney may help to build a strong case and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Source: Insurance Journal, “OSHA Cites Two Construction Companies After Employee’s Fatal Fall in Pennsylvania,” Mar. 9, 2020.