Construction Injury Law
Construction Injury Law deals primarily with workers’ compensation claims resulting from construction accidents, as well as the safety laws, regulations and standards governing the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the governing regulatory body for construction site safety. Most states have also adopted some form of safety regulations.
Many construction workers are only able to avail themselves of workers’ compensation when they have a work injury, although there are some exceptions. Workers’ compensation benefits include wage replacement, medical coverage, vocational rehabilitation, and other assistance.
Because construction workers who have been injured on the job may have a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim, and sometimes both, it is advisable to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in construction accident and injury law to determine your rights. Copyright HG.org
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Construction Injuries Law - US
- OSH Act of 1970
An Act to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and for other purposes.
- OSHA - Personal Protection Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry. This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to PPE in the construction industry.
- OSHA Standards, Safety and Health Regulations for the Construction Industry
Several OSHA standards for the construction industry address safety and health program elements. Following is a list of topics relevant to developing and maintaining a safety program, along with some regulatory citations applicable to each topic.
- Types of Construction Injuries
Many construction accidents could be avoided with proper attention to safety regulations, equipment maintenance, and employee training.
- Worker's Right to File Complaints
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gives employees the right to file complaints about workplace safety and health hazards. Further, the Act gives complainants the right to request that their names not be revealed to their employers. Complaints from employees and their representatives are taken seriously by OSHA.
Organizations Related to Construction Injuries Law
- National Safety Council
The council is helping businesses achieve safety excellence through research, thought leadership and practical tools. We will help you determine where you are, what the gaps are to where you want to be, how to close the gaps and continue to improve, and how to reassess and measure your improvement while identifying additional needs.
- NORA Construction Sector Council
A goal of the NORA Construction Sector Council is to identify the most salient needs of this large and diverse sector. We seek to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice.
Publications Related to Construction Injuries Law
- Construction Safety Information
The construction industry employs 6% of all the workers in the United States. Fatalities in this field account for 20% of all deaths though. With buildings and roads constantly being built, maintained and remodeled in this country there is a large need for employees. Over 9 million people work in this field. The top causes of these deaths are falls, electrocution, being struck by a falling object, motor vehicle crashes, and machines. Dozens of construction workers are injured every day and many of these injuries could be prevented with proper training and the right safety equipment.
- DOL - Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary
A preliminary total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2009, down from a final count of 5,214 fatal work injuries in 2008. The 2009 total represents the smallest annual preliminary total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program was first conducted in 1992.
- NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program
The following list of reports are fatality investigations of incidents where construction workers were killed. These investigations were conducted under the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.
Articles on HG.org Related to Construction Injuries Law
- OSHA's New Confined Space MandatesWorking in the construction industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Workers deal with a variety of hazards on a daily basis, including falls from elevated surfaces, getting hit with heavy equipment, motor vehicle collisions and electrical hazards.
- New Legislation Protecting Pennsylvania Highway WorkersLawmakers in Pennsylvania are reviewing multiple provisions to discourage speeding in highway work zones.
- Scaffolding Safety RegulationsA worker was recently left hanging from his safety harness, eight stories up on the side of a building in Wilmington, Delaware for 30 nerve wracking minutes.
- Aerial Lift DangersAerial lifts continue to injure construction workers. A common scenario is when a worker is pinned by a lift against an object, either to the side of the lift, or directly above the lift. On May 30, 2015 an aerial lift fatally pinned a 35-year-old Monroeville, Pennsylvania man against the roof of a bridge overpass near Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette.
- Construction Projects Create Hazards for the PublicPublic works and commercial construction projects are increasingly proliferating throughout the nation as our slow but steady economic recovery continues.
- Fatal Crane AccidentsConstruction workers must contend with a variety of safety hazards on every work shift. Many of these hazards come from the heavy equipment construction workers use on construction sites.
- Scaffolding AccidentsConstruction workers are at an increased risk of injury or death when working above ground level at a jobsite.
- Operation Orange Squeeze on the Pennsylvania TurnpikeOperation Orange Squeeze has begun along the Pennsylvania Turnpike as Pennsylvania State Police make the safety of their construction workers and turnpike work crews a top priority.
- Seeking Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in Rhode IslandLearn what you need to do if injured in a construction accident for a greater chance of success in your injury claim.
- Dangers of Construction Work ZonesConstruction work zones are dangerous places for construction workers, pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.
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