If you could go back and make sure your workplace was safer before you were injured, you would. Since you can’t, seeking compensation and changes in rules at work may be all you can do to prevent further injuries. Agencies for workplace safety know what you’ve gone through, though, and they want to lower the amount of construction accidents. A July 13 report about several injuries that took place in Pittsburgh might have been able to have been prevented with help from the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration that is soon to come.
The article reports that the OSHA, which is in charge of regulating workplace safety, has been pushing to promote safety in the construction industry. The Pittsburgh office of the OSHA covers Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, so any changes it makes will affect you.
The OSHA is pushing a new campaign that includes teaching construction workers how to perform their jobs safely and how to properly inspect construction sites. That push came too late for several construction workers who were recently hurt in Pittsburgh, but hopefully, it will help others. In the area, it’s reported that falls are the number 1 cause of construction-related injuries.
Protecting workers is the job of the OSHA, and it is focusing on fall protection equipment, scaffolding, and ladders being used correctly in the workplace. OSHA has been emphasizing the importance of proper harness usage to prevent falls, because if people haven’t used it in the past, they may need help to understand how to wear it correctly or how to inspect it properly before use.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Workzone: Agency building safety at construction sites” Len Boselovic, Jul. 13, 2014