With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, a part of the US Department of Labor, was put in place to ensure safe working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

The goal of the administration is to prevent workers from being seriously injured or killed on the job. As part of its agenda, OSHA works to identify methods to reduce falls and other dangers in the high-hazard construction industry.

OSHA refers to the top leading causes of death for construction workers as the “fatal four”:

  • falls
  • electrocution
  • struck by object
  • caught in or between

Out of the fatal four, falls rank number 1 as the leading cause of death in construction. According to OSHA, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction in 2010. 46 of those fall fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania.

OSHA promotes three steps for preventing falls as part of their Fall Prevention Campaign.

  • PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
  • PROVIDE the right equipment
  • TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely

As Pennsylvania work accident lawyers, we strongly agree that receiving proper training and using all necessary safety precautions can reduce the chance of an accident happening on a construction site — however, we also realize that, unfortunately, no amount of legislation or regulations can fully prevent all accidents from occurring.

Construction workers play a vital role in our economy and local communities, and when they do get injured, they deserve to have their rights protected. Metzger Wickersham law firm helps injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims, and our experienced work injury attorneys can also investigate if any negligence may have been involved in a construction site accident.