No ironworker, excavator, sheet metal worker, pipe-fitter, demolition worker, plumber, laborer, roofer, carpenter, electrician or other construction workers should ever be electrocuted by an unhinged or sagging power line, pinned and paralyzed under a backhoe, brain-damaged by falling debris, crushed to death by a toppled crane, suffer the loss of limbs from defective or malfunctioning equipment or fall to his death through an unmarked hole in a roof, unprotected roof edge or unsecured scaffold or ladder.
Too many times, construction workers have been seriously injured or killed because employers or construction companies have exposed them to defective equipment or faulty tools or machinery. Other construction injuries occur because general contractors and supervisors have failed to properly manage work sites, monitor worker activity, provide appropriate fall protection equipment, or otherwise condoned unsafe or dangerous work practices or violated OSHA safety regulations. For example, under OSHA’s regulations, it is the responsibility of employers and others to get appropriate work permits, conduct regular safety inspections and ensure that job safety programs are implemented to limit workplace accidents. Incredibly, in some cases, construction managers and supervisors in control of worksites and in charge of worker safety have no knowledge or training with OSHA safety rules.
It is the responsibility and duty of construction site managers and supervisors to ensure worker safety by complying with federal and state safety regulations and standards to help reduce and avoid accidents. If construction site managers or supervisors lack appropriate safety training or consciously decide to neglect or abdicate their responsibilities, a dangerous work environment has been created. When job safety is not prioritized, compromised or ignored, it puts workers at an increased risk of serious injury or death.