The U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a call for better fall protection at New Jersey’s construction sites. According to Business Week, there have been four recent fall accidents in northern New Jersey, including an incident involving a worker falling into a vat of acid. Another recent incident involved a worker falling from a roof in Bayonne. Officials want all construction sites to have the equipment necessary to protect workers from falling whenever an employee is more than six feet off the ground.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 751 construction workers were killed in the year 2010. Falling incidents were responsible for 35 percent of those fatalities. A 2010 OSHA news release states that fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace deaths in construction. A number of these New Jersey construction accidents are entirely preventable when workers are provided with fall protection devices.
Employers are required to provide certain protections for their employees. Depending on the elevation, employers may have to provide safety harnesses, safety nets, fences, railings, safety training, and fall prevention training. When an employer fails to take these safety measures and appropriately equip their workers, the consequences can be devastating.
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein can help injured workers and their families get fair compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other related losses. We have a proven track record of handling construction accidents that involve falls. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.