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Is it possible to make construction sites safer?

Construction work is difficult, and individuals who work on construction sites face exposure to various risks every time they go to work. While this type of work may come with inherent risks, it is possible to make job sites safer and to decrease the chances of accidents.

Reducing the risk to construction workers in Pennsylvania

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 900 construction workers were killed in 2015. This figure represents the most deadly year for construction workers since 2008. One potential reason for this increase may be that the higher demand for employees in this industry has led to many inexperienced being hired.

OSHA campaign for workers' safety and health

Employers in the United States have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Workers in Pennsylvania should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched the Safe and Sound Campaign. It is an operation geared toward having employers review their safety and health programs to ensure that workers are sufficiently protected and to reduce workplace injuries and death.

Feds target repeat offenders to promote workplace safety

Although most Pennsylvania employers recognize the value of a safe work environment, some companies show a willful disregard for the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor explained that the agency takes a targeted approach to safety compliance due to limited resources. Companies that repeatedly violate safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration tend to receive enforcement actions.

When an employer is criminally responsible for a death

Pennsylvania employers run the risk of criminal penalties if an employee dies on the job and if the death was due to a willful health and safety violation, but criminal prosecution in these circumstances is rare. Only 88 workplace fatalities were prosecuted between 1970 and 2015 out of more than 400,000 workplace fatalities.

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