90-Day Partial Leniency Offered to Employers for Fall Accidents at North Carolina Job Sites

Work injuries from fall accidents in North Carolina can often be complex and require substantial medical care to heal properly. Employers throughout the country have a responsibility to protect workers from being injured on the job, but in most cases, they don’t provide the proper safety equipment required by law to protect their employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a three-month phase-in period for residential construction employers to comply with the agency’s new directive for fall protection in the workplace. After Sept. 15, employers who fail to comply will be cited.
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Statesville workers’ compensation attorneys know that fall accidents occur on North Carolina work sites as often as anywhere else in the country, so call an experienced attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Don’t get inundated with doctor appointments and medical bills without the help of a legal professional.

We first posted about the new directive for residential fall protection compliance in December of 2010 on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog. OSHA is offering phase-in period will begin June 16, during which employers will receive a hazard alert letter informing them of methods they can use to comply with OSHA’s fall protection standard.

If an employer fails to make changes outlined by the alert letter and is later inspected and cited for the same violations, OSHA will fine the employer for the lack of attention provided for the welfare of its employees.

“We want to make sure that the residential construction industry has every opportunity to successfully come into compliance with the new directive,” said assistant aecretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “I am confident that this phase-in period will provide employers the additional time and flexibility they need to alter their work practices in accordance with the requirements of the new directive.”

OSHA offers a Safety and Health Topics webpage that identifies fall hazards and possible solutions for eliminating these hazards in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to use this page as a reference for company policy when it comes to fall protection.

Employers who lack the knowledge and fail to understand the new directive for Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction from this point on are exhibiting signs of ignorance. OSHA spells it out clearly through various resources. The agency offers free resources to employers who need assistance and offer a compliance assistance specialist in most area offices.

Residential construction employers owe it to their employees to create a safe environment to reduce the number of fall accidents occurring at job sites. Anything less is a poor excuse and should result in taking legal action.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in North Carolina, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for aggressive legal action. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-8 1965.

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Government Shows Employers How to Prevent North Carolina Fall Accidents, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 7, 2011

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