You have a right to a safe workplace. In fact, this is why OSHA exists – to ensure that workplaces and jobsites are as safe as possible. If you see any of the following fall hazards at your place of work, you should notify OSHA right away. Failing to do so could result in a serious accident.
Unprotected Work Conditions Above Six Feet
OSHA requirements state that work done at six feet or above must be protected by fall protection measures. The measures can include fall arrest systems or guardrails. If you are asked to work at a jobsite with conditions of above six feet, and there are insufficient protections in place, you should report your workplace to OSHA. You can do so anonymously and know that your employer will likely be given a chance to rectify the danger.
Scaffold Being Used Improperly
Scaffolds are meant to be safe, elevated, temporary work platforms. When they are built correctly, they are safe. However, if they are not constructed well then they can be very unstable – and very dangerous. For example, scaffolding requires guardrails to be installed. The scaffolding must be planked correctly – with no holes or gaps. Finally, scaffolding must have a ladder that can let workers get on and off easily and safely.
Ladders Being Used Improperly
Every work ladder is required to be inspected before each use. Every ladder must be kept in good condition and maintained properly. It is also a regulation that the right-sized ladder must be used for every job. Employees should not have to stand on the top of the ladder – a ladder should be used that is tall enough for the employee to do the work from at least one rung down. Finally, ladders must be on stable, level surfaces and positioned at a safe angle so that workers can avoid hazards when going up or down the ladder.
Potential Danger from Falling Objects
There is often a lot of attention paid to preventing workers from falling – and for good reason. However, workers can be injured by falling objects as well. This could include materials, tools, debris, machinery, and even structures collapsing on a worker. There are several regulations in place to protect workers from this type of issue, including steel safety cages around fork lifts. If you see a potential danger from falling objects and management does not take action, report it to OSHA.
If you see a danger, report it. If you are injured at work due to the negligence or recklessness of your employer – or their failure to keep you safe – then you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to find out what your options are is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 for a free legal consultation.