New York City has recently been experiencing an overwhelming increase in construction-related deaths. As a result, city officials are going undercover and arresting workers with false safety training cards.
In order to work on a construction site, a worker is required to complete safety training by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). This is meant to decrease the likelihood of job site accidents and deaths. However, there is a growing problem of fraudulent OSHA cards and individuals in dangerous construction settings without the proper training to keep themselves and others safe.
So far there have been over 20 workers found with false OSHA cards at city construction sites and several others have were found without cards at all. The Department of Investigation and the Buildings Department began the investigation due to construction fatalities reaching 18 so far this year, up from 12 last year. It is an ongoing process.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our construction accident attorneys believe that safety standards on construction sites should be held at a high level. If you were injured on a job site due to a lack of safety regulations, please call 866-LAWS-USA today. Our New York lawyers are experienced and dedicated attorneys who want to fight for the compensation our clients deserve.
In an effort to raise awareness about hazard identification and control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched an online game designed for both employers and workers in the manufacturing and construction industries.
In this safety training game, the OSHA Hazard Identification Tool, the user may choose to play in the perspective of either an employer or an employee at a manufacturing or construction site. The game is used as a learning tool so the player can identify hazards in the workplace.
OSHA assistant secretary of labor David Michaels stated that with this new tool, employers can learn that “following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”
Hazard identification and control is indeed an integral part of maintaining a safe and accident-free construction site. Unfortunately, many employers and contractors still fall short in protecting construction workers from workplace hazards. If you are a worker that has been hurt while on duty at a construction site, our New York legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you file a civil claim. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss your situation with a construction accident lawyer today.