There are numerous pieces of machinery and equipment that are necessary
to facilitate a successfully operational construction site. However, this
machinery and equipment also make construction one of the more dangerous
industries and cause
construction accidents. When an employee is injured on the job, it initiates the workers'
compensation claim process.
An injured employee is entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical
bills that occur as a result of the accident. These injuries and the costs
associated with them have not fallen on deaf ears at OSHA. In an effort
to reduce the number of construction workers accidents and decrease workers'
compensation costs, OSHA has initiated a no-notice inspection policy for
Pennsylvania construction sites. The procedure will continue through September
of this year.
The four most common types of accidents that occur in construction zones
are the following:
- Crushing/struck by accidents
- Caught in between accidents
These types of injuries along with the other less-common types caused 774
construction worker deaths in 2010. Although that was a decrease from
the 1,204 construction deaths in 2007, work still needs to be done to
further reduce this number.
The difficulties and dangerous work practices in construction usually accompany
a business's strict deadlines. When a deadline is quickly approaching
and employees are scrambling to complete work, sometimes safety falls
to the wayside in an attempt to complete the job as expeditiously as possible.
Many construction companies are welcoming the unannounced officer visits.
They want their construction sites to be safer because it will mean lower
workers' compensation costs. OSHA'S work will thus be a way for
companies to hold themselves accountable to following already outlined
Source: Yorkdispatch.com, "OSHA plans 'no-notice' monitoring in York," Candy Woodall, July 11, 2012.