Over the years it may seem like there have been more and more safety regulations put in place in New York. While sometimes this may seem excessive and can make a project take longer to complete than a worker may want, the regulations are in place to ensure all workers’ safety. When these are not followed people can suffer accidents as a result and sometimes suffer significant injuries as a result.
So, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates these safety regulations to make sure companies are following them to try and prevent accidents from occurring. To do this OSHA will go to workplaces and inspect them. Sometimes this is after an accident occurs and sometimes these inspections are done routinely to correct violations before accidents occur. Through these inspections OSHA finds many violations, but some are more common than others.
The most commonly cited violation is for fall protections at construction sites. Other top violations at construction sites were scaffolding and ladder violations. Other common violations in general were for respiratory protections, eye and face protections, controlling hazardous energy, machinery violations or violations in guarding the machines. These were just the most common ones and there are many other violations as well.
While many times a worker may violate a safety regulation and still be safe, not all workers in New York are that lucky. Many workers are hurt on the job each year and can incur significant medical bills and lose income if they are unable to work. This can put the worker in a very difficult position, but they also may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help pay for the medical bills and lost income. It is important that workers receive what they are entitled to and experienced attorneys understand how to get workers what they deserve.