This blog recently discussed the different types of injuries construction workers may suffer while on the job. Some of the most serious injuries result from falls, which can occur while workers are performing roofing duties. Since the damages incurred as a result of an on-the-job can be significant, injured construction workers need to be familiar with all of the different types of protections available to them.
This may be case for some Ohio workers who were subjected to dangerous working conditions. Even though construction workers can suffer harm related to a roofing fall, scaffolding fall, or other type of fall, a roofing contractor in Ohio was recently cited for repeated, willful, and serious violations of federal workplace safety standards. The roofing contractor is facing a potential fine close to $250,000. The company was cited for exposing workers to fall hazards on job sites and for a variety of failures to keep workers safe.
The roofing company was cited for failing to install and require workers to use guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems. They were also cited for a failure to train workers concerning fall hazards and a failure to develop an accident prevention program. The roofing company was also cited for unsafe ladder use and a failure to provide eye protection for workers using nail guns. The company has been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) five times since 2008 for fall violations.
Construction worker accidents can have devastating consequences for workers who work hard to earn a living. This, in turn, can have a significant effect on their families. Because construction accidents can take a physical and financial toll on injured workers and their families, workers' compensation and other legal recourses should be considered, as they may provide the financial relief needed to allow an injured worker to focus on his or her recovery.