Weeks Marine in Cranford, NJ has joined many other construction companies across the nation this month in running a safety campaign, aiming to increase the overall safety of workers in the dangerous construction industry. The companies supporting this campaign hope to help put an end to the tragic work-related injuries and deaths that are recently becoming too common of a reality for construction workers. The campaign was known as “Safety Week”, but participants hope that its effects will benefit the industry for much more than just one week, and that the emphasis on safety will help turn the industry’s overall focus and top priorities toward careful planning and monitoring of safety standards.
OSHA Regulations Help Prevent Serious Injury
Federal regulations overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and created in 1970 by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), already aim to help prevent serious injuries and deaths in the construction field. However, recent research has indicated that in New Jersey alone, 15 deaths resulted from work underway on construction sites in 2013, leaving much room for improvement in the proper application and observance of applicable safety standards and regulations. Any improvement that the Safety Week program can bring to the industry’s proper application and observance of OSHA regulations will benefit the construction industry’s workers and their families by potentially decreasing the likelihood of injuries and deaths on the job. However, the unfortunate reality is that such tragic accidents will likely still occur. Under the regulations and oversight of OSHA, employers and third-party contractors in the construction industry may be liable to pay damages as a result of such accidents, for reasons such as failure to keep job sites free of known dangers, failure to maintain safe workplace conditions, failure to sufficiently oversee safety issues, or failure to provide adequate training as required by 29 CFR 1926.20(b)(4). Under 29 CFR 1926, many stringent standards apply to protect construction workers’ health and safety, including a prohibition of hazardous working conditions under 29 CFR 1926 and Section 107 of the OSH Act.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a construction accident, please call us to discuss what options are available to you to seek damages for your injuries or loss.