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An overview of construction site safety resources

Construction sites are dangerous places to work. As such, the federal government offers a variety of agencies to oversee safety and provide training. This post will go over a few of the safety programs and agencies that can assist you in creating a safer workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the primary agency responsible for worker safety. OSHA investigates dangerous workplaces, levies fines against violators, and provides safety training and coordination. OSHA accomplishes this goal through a variety of programs. The most popular ones for construction sites are the Focus Four Hazards which address the four most major causes of accidents:

  • Falls;
  • Getting struck by objects;
  • Being caught between objects; and
  • Electrocution.

The program is provided to all construction site operators. OSHA also release safety videos which are available online and distributed to employers. For instance, the construction safety tutorial "Choice or Chance" is a popular choice. OSHA also provides site training to prevent specific accidents, like nail gun safety and preventing falls.

There are also training programs from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. There are also safety reports published by a variety of non-profit and government agencies. The Center for Construction Research and Training publishes regular reports on a variety of topics including design safety, health hazards, and analysis of construction accidents. These reports are used by employers and governments to improve their safety operations.

If you were injured in a construction site accident, then you may want to contact a lawyer. An attorney can go over the various resources that are available to you to seek compensation. As illustrated above, you have more than a few options. A lawyer can go over each one to assist you in determining which one is best for you to secure compensation.

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