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What Organization Do I Call for Construction Site Violations?

What Organization Do I Call for Construction Site Violations?

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What Organization Do I Call for Construction Site Violations?

We live in a world where new buildings pop up almost every day. The companies in charge of constructing these buildings are required to follow strict laws to keep their workers and the general public safe throughout the construction process. But unfortunately, some companies don't follow these guidelines. As a result, many people suffer injuries or even die from construction site accidents. 

As a civilian, you have the moral obligation to report construction site violations. Moreover, notifying the relevant authorities about construction site violations could save the lives of innocent people. 

What Organization Do I Call for Construction Site Violations?

There are different regulatory bodies you may call to report construction site violations regardless of where you live. Examples include: 

The Department of Building

Every city in the United States has a Department of Buildings or a similar regulatory body. In some cities, this regulatory body is also known as the Department of Construction, Building Division, Building Department, and other similar terms. In some counties or rural areas, this department is called the Public Works department. 

Occupational Health and Safety Administration 

OSHA is a branch of the federal Department of Labor. This regulatory body ensures safe and healthy working conditions for men and women across the country. It creates and enforces safety standards all over the country by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. 

OSHA also inspects construction sites to ensure that construction companies meet these safety conditions. You can contact OSHA online or by visiting the nearest OSHA office. 

To call OSHA, dial 1 (800) 321-6742. 

Call 311

Most cities use the number 311 or a related number for non-emergency issues. You may use this number to file complaints and report construction site violations. When you call 311, you may provide the following information:

  • the nature of the construction site violation;
  • the location of the construction site violation; and
  • the construction company on site (this is optional). 

Call 911

Call 911 if the construction site poses a severe public danger or if anyone suffers life-threatening injuries at the construction site. 

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  • Can Workers Report Construction Site Violations?

    Yes, workers can report construction site violations. They can also participate in OSHA inspections or speak confidentially to an OSHA inspector. Employees who report OSHA violations have a right to anonymity as provided by Section 8 (f)(1) of OSHA codes. 

  • Common Construction Site Violations and Related Injuries 

    Knowing what amounts to construction site violations gives you a better understanding of what to report when calling the relevant authorities. Some common violations include:

    Lack of Face Protection

    Construction workers must protect their faces while working under certain conditions. In addition, the protection must meet OSHA's Eye and Face Protection standards. 

    Lack of face protection can cause partial or permanent blindness, especially if it's a case of a chemical splash. Dust or airborne particles can also get in contact with unprotected eyes, requiring optical surgery as a result. 

    Workers may also suffer cuts and punctures on their faces if they don't use face protection at a construction site. Such injuries could lead to partial facial paralysis or even disfigurement in extreme cases. 

    Lack of Fall Protection

    Any construction site that involves work done 6 feet or higher must have fall protection. This protection may be provided in the form of a guardrail system, personal arrest system, safety net, or any other qualifying system. 

    Construction companies must ensure that the construction site is free of holes, trenches, pits, walls, dangerous ramps, slippery walkways, faulty and hazardous equipment, etc. 

    Fall protection also covers protection from falling objects. To prevent this, construction workers must wear hard hats while working at sites with a high risk of falling debris and other construction materials. The exact fall protection system depends on the nature of the construction work. Some sites may need toeboards, guardrail systems, screens, and other safety features to protect workers and the general public from falling objects. 

    Common injuries caused by lack of fall protection include spinal cord injuries, brain damage, broken limbs, etc. Such injuries may require surgery to fix, while others may not be easily reversible. For example, spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis. As a result, the victim may need the help of a wheelchair to move around. They may also need a caregiver to assist with their activities of daily living. 

    Lack of Training

    Construction companies are required to train their employees, specifically regarding safety at the construction site. This prevents the risks of injuries to the workers and general public. At the end of the training, construction workers must confirm in writing that they've been trained regarding on-site safety. In addition, the training officers or supervisors must also certify that they've overseen the training process.

    Lack of training exposes workers and the general public to various injuries at a construction site. For example, both workers and civilians may get hurt by falling objects from the construction site. 

    Improper Use of Ladders

    Construction site managers must also ensure that any ladders used at the construction site adhere to OSHA's ladder safety standards. The same also applies to construction workers using such ladders. 

    A construction site may be judged to have violated OSHA's rules if a ladder:

    • loads more than the manufacturer's rated capacity;
    • is used in a manner that's not intended by the manufacturer;
    • has visible defects such as broken steps, corroded materials, or is generally unsafe to use;
    • is mounted on a slippery or unstable surface;
    • lacks proper locking devices to prevent collapsing or unexpected shifts; or
    • lacks safety features if the ladder exceeds 24 feet. 

    Injuries caused by ladders can be serious and life-changing. Some victims may be able to go back to work after a few weeks or months, while some never get the chance to resume their normal lives. Common injuries caused by ladder violations include spinal cord injuries, broken bones, brain damage, etc. 

    While using a ladder might seem relatively straightforward, some individuals often overlook the importance of ensuring that all safety requirements are met beforehand. According to statistics, more than 300 people die in the United States every year due to ladder-related injuries, while more than 164,000 people are admitted to the emergency room for related injuries. 

    Lack of Hazard Communication

    Construction companies must notify workers about certain hazardous conditions or materials at the construction site. In addition, dangerous materials must be clearly labeled and safety data sheets provided to exposed workers. Construction companies or individuals in charge of the project must also train workers to handle various hazardous chemicals found at the site. 

    Lack of hazard communication is among the top reasons for many workplace-related lawsuits. Many workers in the United States live with the devastating effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals at work. Yet, even though construction companies and manufacturers of these products have the duty to warn and inform workers about such hazards, some choose to remain silent.

    As a result, individuals exposed to certain dangerous chemicals or materials may suffer long-term illnesses and diseases such as asbestosis, brain damage, or even cancer. 

    Scaffolding Violations

    Scaffolding-related accidents are quite common at construction sites all over the country. While some victims of scaffolding violations survive with mild or severe injuries, some end up losing their lives. For example, in Brooklyn, a 32-year-old accountant suffered permanent brain damage due to a scaffolding accident allegedly caused by Werize, a construction company. 

    And that's not the only scaffolding violation incident in the recent past. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, scaffolding incidents resulted in 61 deaths in 2018 alone. The data also shows that more than 4,500 people suffered various injuries caused by this construction site violation. 

    To avoid such accidents, OSHA has specific standards that must be strictly adhered to at any construction site. 

    Lack of Respiratory Protection

    Workers at construction sites are required to wear respirators, especially when working in environments with:

    • Insufficient oxygen
    • Harmful dusters
    • Fogs
    • Smokes
    • Mist
    • Gasses
    • Vapors
    • Sprays

    Respirators generally work in two ways: some filter external air to eliminate harmful airborne particles. Others derive clean air from an external source and feed it to the user. 

    Lack of respiratory protection often leads to respiratory diseases, most of which are severe. For example, lung cancer can be caused by prolonged exposure to certain harmful particles in the air. Such parties damage the lung slowly, making it difficult for the victim to breathe. This leads to a slow and painful death. 

    A lung transplant surgery may be necessary in some cases, but it's usually too expensive. Besides, even after the surgery, most people are never the same and may still need long-term care and supervision. 

    Machine Guarding

    Some machines used at construction sites can cause severe injuries or death if not guarded properly. For this reason, OSHA provides certain standards that must be met at construction sites using various kinds of machines. Examples of these machines include:

    • hand tools;
    • power-operated hand tools;
    • abrasive wheels and tools;
    • woodworking tools;
    • jacks-lever and ratchet, hydraulics, and screws;
    • air receivers; and
    • mechanical power-transmission devices. 

    Construction site accidents involving machines are often severe. Examples of such risks include amputation, permanent disfigurement, burns, crushed body parts, blindness, or even death. 

  • What to Do if Injured at a Construction Site

    Construction site injuries can dramatically change your life. Even worse is the fact that construction companies owe you a duty of care by keeping the site safe. Whether you're a construction worker or an ordinary civilian who got injured by someone else's negligence at a construction site, you may be eligible for compensation.

    Seek Medical Attention

    Seeking medical attention is the most important thing to do after a construction site injury. Your doctor will evaluate your injury and provide a treatment plan. Make sure you follow your doctor's advice and keep up with any appointments. Don't miss your appointments and if you have to, be sure to notify your doctor's office well in advance. 

    Seek Legal Advice

    You may be eligible for compensation if you or your loved one has been injured at a construction site. An experienced personal injury attorney will advise you on the best legal strategy to pursue the compensation you need and deserve. 

    For example, if you slip and fall at a construction site due to a wet floor or other dangerous conditions, you may need to consult a slip and fall attorney. Working with an attorney who's experienced in a specific field of personal injury significantly increases your chances of winning your claim. This is mainly due to their experience handling similar cases. 

    In addition, if you or your loved one gets injured by a machine with missing guards, such a case could take different legal parameters. For example, you may need to consult a product liability attorney if the injury was due to a manufacturing defect.

  • Reasons to Contact Morgan & Morgan Construction Site Injury Attorneys

    By now, you already know that construction site injuries come in different forms, each with its own risks. Understandably, you may not know the best legal strategy to pursue your claim, but that's not something you need to worry about when you contact Morgan & Morgan for a free case evaluation.

    After evaluating your case, our legal representatives will choose the best attorney to file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Our law firm consists of over 800 personal injury attorneys specializing in various aspects of personal injury.

    Whether it's a case of slip and fall, workers compensation, product liability, wrongful death, or anything in between, you can trust Morgan & Morgan to pick the best attorney to handle your case. Our law firm has recovered over $10 billion worth of compensation for various personal injury cases over the last three decades.

  • How to Contact Morgan & Morgan Construction Site Injury Attorneys 

    Whether you are a construction worker or an ordinary civilian, you deserve to be compensated if you get injured due to someone else's negligence. Call Morgan & Morgan construction site injury attorneys at 1 (800) 321-6742 today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Remember, you won't pay us anything unless we win. 

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