Construction Season Increases Risk of North Carolina Work Accidents

Spring time is construction time, so the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to remind residential construction employers how to prevent injuries and death to their workers.

OSHA issued a 22 page document called Fall Protection in Residential Construction to assist employers in how to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities among their work force.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville know that the leading cause of residential construction deaths is falls.

Employers need to guard against fall hazards on jobsites to prevent a North Carolina work injury.

At the end of last year, OSHA issued the Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction that required employers of residential construction workers to provide fall protection equipment to their workers in accordance with OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction standard. This new 22-page document will offer employers several methods to comply with the standards for preventing falls on the work site.

Methods to prevent falls include using safety nets, ladders, guardrails and scaffolds when engaged in weatherproofing a roof, installing roof sheathing and installing subfloors and walls. Also the use of anchors for fall restraints and personal fall arrest systems is illustrated.

“Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace deaths in construction,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We cannot tolerate workers getting killed in residential construction when effective means are readily available to prevent those deaths.”

Click here of OSHA’s Residential Fall Protection Web page for additional information.

The following are a list of Fall prevention tips for workers:

-Know your employers fall prevention plan.
-Attend a fall prevention training session.
-Use the proper fall protection equipment for the job.
-Inspect all fall protection equipment before using.
-Cover all holes and openings with sturdy material.
-Make sure you are trained properly before working on scaffolds, ladders or lifts.
-Scaffolds should have full planking, proper access, guardrails and stable footing.
-When on a lift always be tied-off and maintain stable footing.
-Use the right ladder for the job; make sure it is in good condition and use the proper angle.
-Protect all skylights.
-Report fall hazards to your supervisor.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact The Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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