According to a survey from the National Safety Council, a majority of construction workers believe that workplace productivity takes priority over workplace safety. Further, many employees in Pennsylvania and around the country also feel that employers do only the minimum required by law when it comes to keeping employees safe while they are on the clock.
Based on the results of the survey, 58 percent of construction workers reported that they feel that productivity takes a higher priority than workplace safety. Approximately 47 percent reported that they were afraid to report safety issues to their management. Fifty-one percent reported that their management did the minimum they were required to do by law to prevent workplace injuries from occurring.
When it came to responses from workers who were employed in a variety of industries, the results showed that 32 percent felt that their management ignored safety performances when handing out promotions. Approximately 48 percent of employees believed that safety meetings should be held more frequently than they were. About 47 percent of employees across all industries believed that standards were more stringent for job tasks than for workplace safety .
In 2015, 4,836 people died as a result of workplace accidents, some of which were due to inadequate workplace safety measures. Of those, 937 workers were employed in the construction industry. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and in some cases the surviving family members of a worker killed on the job are entitled to death benefits thereunder. An attorney can outline the procedures involved in seeking them.