One of the most hazardous occupations is construction work. From dangers associated with electrocution and heavy machinery to chemical spills and repetitive motion injuries, Pennsylvania construction workers are exposed to a range of potential threats. Therefore, construction industry employers are required to abide by inspection procedures, regulations and safety programs to prevent work-related accidents from occurring.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides safety regulations and programs for employers. Some of the OSHA regulations that employers are required to follow include providing employees with safe equipment and tools as well as safety training. Employers and managers are also obligated to form a hazard communication program with their employees, clearly display OSHA regulations and eliminate any unnecessary hazards at worksites. Additionally, employers must ensure that employees are aware of their exposure and medical records and make these documents available if they ask for them.
Construction workers can also exercise their right to ask for copies of their company’s safety standards. Furthermore, they can contact local OSHA officials to ask for an inspection of the workplace. Construction workers who believe that their employers are violating OSHA safety rules and regulations also have a right to inform OHSA officials about their company.
Construction workers who suffer injuries while engaged in their jobs are entitled to certain types of benefits under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws. After they file a workers’ compensation claim, they may be able to receive reasonable compensation for any income they lost while they were recovering from their injuries as well as compensation to help cover the medical expenses stemming from their work-related injuries.