Although construction sites are a naturally dangerous place to work, employers are legally obligated to provide construction workers with reasonably safe worksites. Certain construction worker rights are granted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Employers have certain obligations to ensure the safety of employees, including:
- Maintaining a workplace free of predetermined hazards.
- Ensuring employee tools and equipment are safe for use.
- Notifying employees of the OSHA standards that apply to the workplace.
- Creating a written hazard communication program, including employee training.
- Conducting safety training for employees.
- Notifying employees of where they can access medical and exposure records.
Under OSHA, construction workers have a right to:
- Access relevant employee medical and exposure records.
- Receive copies of tests conducted to identify workplace hazards.
- Review work-related illness and injury records.
- Request an OSHA inspection of the workplace if violations are suspected.
- Have their name withheld by OSHA when filing a written complaint regarding their employer.
- Experience no discrimination or retaliation resulting from an OSHA complaint.
If workplace hazards are not corrected by an employer, workers have the right to make a written complaint to OSHA. If OSHA determines there is reason to believe the allegations, an inspection of the worksite will be made. A union-chosen workers’ representative will accompany the OSAH inspector. Should violations be found, the OSHA inspector will review them with the employer and employee representatives and discuss how to reduce the hazards.
Should an employee become injured on a construction site, they should:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Report the injury to the site manager and the employer, noting their name and position.
- Collect names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photos of the accident scene, equipment involved and resulting injuries. Keep involved equipment, if possible.
- Seek the guidance of a reputable construction injury attorney who will help you pursue a legal claim, if appropriate.
If your employer’s failure to provide you with a safe workplace led to your injury on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. GWC Injury Lawyers will work to maximize your settlement – contact us today to find what legal options are available to you.