Falls are the leading cause of serious and fatal injuries in residential construction accidents.
While OSHA's mission is "… to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women….," how effective has OSHA been in preventing residential construction fall accidents?
A new report shows just how callous the Bush administration was when it came to protecting workers. A report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released in April 2009 reveals that OSHA systematically failed to perform follow-up inspections for employers who put workers in serious danger.
Residential construction workers are placed at risk involving higher elevations. Falls from scaffolds, roofs, ladders, and makeshift equipment are all too common.
What is residential construction?
This is construction where the work environment, materials, methods, and procedures are essentially the same as those used in building a typical single-family home or town house. Residential construction is characterized by: materials such as wood framing (not steel or concrete); wooden floor joists and roof structures; and methods such as traditional wood frame construction techniques.
OSHA residential fall protection standards are inadequate. The standard mandated a guardrail system, safety net, or personal fall arrest protection (PFA) for residential construction activity higher than six feet but the residential construction industry voiced objections.
Has a family member suffered a devastating construction site injury or death while building a home? If the answer is yes – please contact Philadelphia law firm Anapol Schwartz now to find out how we can help during this tragic crisis.