Recently in Pennsylvania, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
partnered up with a construction company in the western part of the state
to improve safety on a worksite. The construction site will be the new
home of a Pennsylvania corporation's data and operations center, and
it is hoped that the increased focus on safety will decrease the number
of workplace injuries.
The general goals of the partnership are to provide guidance, training
and technical assistance toconstruction workers. To help ensure that the injury rate on Pennsylvania job sites continues
to decline, OSHA has teamed up with the general contractor overseeing
the construction of the new facility. The building project is expected
to take approximately a year and a half, and once the facility is fully
constructed, 150 employees are expected to work there.
Similar partnerships with OSHA have had remarkable results, including fewer
workers' compensation claims and less work time lost to employee injuries.
This particular partnership started with a written agreement that requires
the construction company to adhere to certain safety practices and train
subcontractors to follow safety protocol.
The program allows employees to review safety plans and take part in walk-through
safety inspections. A main goal of these partnership drives is to show
construction companies how to recognize and correct hazardous situations
without OSHA inspectors having to be present.
Pittsburgh residents should know that under Pennsylvania workers' compensation
law, an injured employee is entitled to monetary benefits to help cover
expenses that result from a workplace injury. The most common injury-causing
accidents on construction sites include falls, electrical accidents and
struck-by or caught-in accidents. All of these accidents have the potential
to be severe, and workers who suffer these injuries have a right to pursue
Source: Upper Macungie Patch, "OSHA Seeks to Cut Injuries at PPL Construction Site," April 23, 2012