The construction industry faces careful regulation because of the inherent risks of the job sites. Unfortunately, even federal regulations about worksite safety are not enough to prevent all accidents and injuries. After an injury on a construction site, you should understand your rights and the liabilities associated with the incident.
There are a few key considerations to keep in mind as you negotiate your workers’ compensation settlement.
Were you provided with adequate safety equipment?
Employers are legally required to supply adequate safety gear to all workers on a construction site. Hard hats, safety goggles and respirators are a few components that may improve safety on the job. If you suffered an injury because you were not provided with adequate safety gear, your employer may be liable.
Was the site compliant with OSHA regulations?
Regulations established by OSHA keep workers safe in high-risk environments such as construction sites. Sometimes, workers cut corners in the interest of saving time or money. If management recommends deviation from the established safety standards and injuries occur, the company may hold some liability as a result. This may only be the case if those in authority were aware of, or mandated, the deviation from those standards.
Injuries on a construction site are more common than you might think, even with best efforts toward safety. If operations at the site include safety violations or complacent behavior, it increases those risks. Understand your rights after an injury on a construction site and know how to identify potential liability.