Examples Of Construction Employer Negligence
Hurt On The Job? Seek Counsel From Experienced Maryland, Virginia And Washington, D.C. Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction accidents can be dangerous and even fatal. All companies in the construction industry should be proactive in implementing construction emergency response plans, proper employee training for what to do in these situations and procedures to anticipate jobsite accidents before they occur. However, even with such safety procedures in place, serious and deadly workplace injuries still occur, especially in work environments as unpredictable as construction sites.
Our DC construction accident attorneys intend the following information, provided by a law firm with more than 35 years of experience handling construction accident claims, to assist in your understanding what emergency procedures may be in place to handle construction accidents and the importance of receiving proper training to perform your job responsibilities safely.
Those hurt on construction sites in the Washington, D.C. area, including workers in Maryland and Virginia, have trusted our construction accident injury lawyers to uphold their legal rights after workplace injuries since 1979. We are ready to seek the maximum damages available in your situation to ensure you have the compensation you need to move forward.
What is a Construction Site Emergency Response Plan?
It is important for every construction industry employer to develop an emergency response plan to follow in the event of a jobsite accident, workplace injury, fatality, property damage or other devastating situation, such as a workplace explosion or fire. Emergency procedures are plans for handling emergencies that may occur on the construction site, including, but not limited to workplace injury resulting from:
- Workplace violence
- Spills or release of hazardous materials
Does OSHA Require My Employer to Have an Emergency Response Plan?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to have emergency plans. The minimum requirements under OSHA includes staffing a work crew trained in CPR, first aid and preparing to respond to medical crises within three to four minutes of an emergency.
Despite these minimum requirements, many employers either do not have emergency plans in place, have insufficient emergency plans or fail to train their employees in how to respond properly in the event of a construction accident.
Failing to train workers or supervisors in proper emergency procedures and other duties that allow them to perform their jobs safely may be acts of employer negligence. Under workers’ comp law, only workers whose employers’ conduct is considered intentional or egregious can file lawsuits for damages against their employers. However, DC, Maryland and Virginia workers’ compensation laws differ, and other benefits may be available. Learn if you need a workers’ compensation attorney for the best opportunity for success with a workman’s comp claim here.
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