On March 19, 2014,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (hereinafter “OSHA”) announced that on June 2 through June
6, employees of laborers using ladders and scaffolding should stand-down
from work for part of the work day in order to raise awareness of scaffolding
injuries. You can read the
OSHA announcement on their webpage by clicking here.
Experienced Ellenville construction accident attorneys know that since 1970 OSHA has played a large part in work site safety.
It is also known that simply raising awareness of safety precautions and
standards, the prevalence of injuries will continue to keep scaffolding
In fact, the stand down is just a small part of OSHA’s larger campaign
to keep workers safe through training, awareness, and the use of safety
equipment. Knowing that falls resulting in injury and death to scaffolding
workers are largely preventable,
OSHA created a “Plan, Provide, Train” campaign back in 2010.
“Plan” means that owners, contractors, subcontractors, and
the like should thoroughly plan the entire construction process that which
involves the use of scaffolds, ladders, roof work, and other such elevated
labor so that the proper safety equipment may be included in the construction
project. Costs should be accounted for in advance so that corners are not cut.
“Provide” is about making sure that the proper safety equipment
is available at the work site. This doesn’t mean just any equipment.
The proper safety equipment for the type of job, for the type of height,
and for the type of elevated device used, should be available at the work
site. Therefore, if a laborer is using a ladder, scaffold, or on a roof,
the proper equipment must be available to every single worker exposed
to the hazard of falling. Moreover, if properly planned for, the right
sized safety equipment will be available for employees of different height,
weight, and shape; failing to do so could lead to serious
construction site accidents even if the employees have equipment.
“Train” is just what you might think. Owners, contractors,
and subcontractors should be trained on the use of safety equipment, on
the laws relating to safety devices and requirements, and on how to properly
train employees on the use of such equipment. It is the duty of the employer
to ensure that laborers are properly trained to know what safety equipment
should be used and how to safely use such equipment. OSHA in fact provides
training resources for employers.
In spite of these efforts, we know that accidents will continue to happen.
We have written before about the
scaffolding law in New York. In sum, you should remember that property owners, contractors, and subcontractors
owe a duty to laborers to prevent unnecessary and foreseeable injuries
from occurring. If a laborer has fallen from scaffolding and the fall
was due to the negligence of another party, then the laborer may seek
compensation for his or her damages if the injuries were proximately caused
by the negligence.
Are you interested in learning more about scaffolding fall accidents? Find
out more in
our latest article to learn more about your rights.
Our scaffolding fall accident attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor,
P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of
personal injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie,
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