The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for developing safety measures as well as establishing regulations to protect construction site workers from injuries. In the event that an incident occurs, OSHA will investigate. Like all workers, construction site workers must be provided with a safe working environment that is free of health and safety hazards.
OSHA encourages construction site employees to report foreseeable safety hazards and risks of injury to workers. Under federal law, an employee may report safety concerns without the fear of being retaliated against by his or her employer.
A construction site employee is entitled to the following:
- Proper training in his or her language;
- Work on safe and adequately maintained machinery;
- Appropriate safety gear;
- Protection from toxic or harmful chemicals;
- Ability to request an OSHA inspection;
- Ability to speak with an OSHA inspector;
- Ability to report incidents of injury or illness;
- Obtain medical records;
- Obtain copies of injury and illness logs that happened in the workplace;
- Review records of construction injuries and illnesses that occurred in the workplace job site; and
- Receive copies of test reports for workplace hazards.
Given that an employer cannot retaliate against an employee for reporting safety hazards, it is important for an employee to report such hazards to their supervisor or management. If hazards are not addressed, the employee should report the hazards to OSHA. In New York, this can be done by calling 1-800-321-OSHA or filing a complaint form on the OSHA website.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a New York City construction accident, there is no time to waste in securing representation to pursue the just compensation you deserve. New York State has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a serious injury occurs. The New York City construction accident lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have 60 years of experience handling New York City construction injury matters throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, and the surrounding areas. Contact our New York City construction injury lawyers at (212) 687-2777.