Workplace safety is a serious issue in the United States, especially the construction industry. Dangerous conditions at construction sites often lead to severe injuries, most of which are preventable. Below are some important questions and answers about construction-related injuries. While this may provide some answers to frequently asked questions, it is best to immediately consult with an experienced New York construction accident attorney in the event you are involved in such an incident.
Can I sue an owner or contractor for injuries after getting hurt in a construction accident even if I am not OSHA certified?
Yes. As a construction worker, you do not have to be OSHA certified to sue for compensation if the owner or contractor of the job site violated safety standards. As an employee, you have the right to work in a safe, sanitary, and non-toxic environment. Should you suffer an injury due to a failure to adhere to OSHA’s requirements to provide such a workplace, the negligent party could be liable for your injuries. A negligent, or otherwise legally liable party, could include a property owner, general contractor, or another third party.
Can I sue an owner or contractor for injuries after getting hurt in a construction accident even if they are not OSHA certified?
Yes. A contractor or a job site owner does not have to be OSHA certified to be held responsible for injuries suffered by workers on the job site.
What does being OSHA Certified mean?
OSHA certification is an official certificate of competency issued in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. It represents the achievement of workplace conditions stipulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
What being OSHA certified requires?
While OSHA does not specifically address training or certification requirements for workers, many OSHA standards require employers to train employees in specific safety and health aspects of their jobs.
What might happen when I file a claim for an OSHA violation?
When you sue an owner or contractor for a reported OSHA safety violation, any of several remedies may occur:
• OSHA could investigate the violating organization
• Changes in company safety practices could be mandated
• The negligent party could lose their operating license
You may also be entitled to monetary compensation for your resulting injuries.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
If you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience in aggressively fighting for plaintiff rights and getting the full extent of the monetary compensation deserved.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.