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Know the dangers of a construction worksite

Throughout western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, there are always construction projects going on. Whether it is residential homes being built or upgraded, new commercial stores or malls being built, or the ever-changing industrial fields trying to adapt to new technologies and changes in demands; construction throughout the United States will always exist.

Those working in construction zones know of many of the inherent potential of dangers. These dangers could lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly results if an accident were to occur. There are various laws and protections in place to help minimize the potential for such accidents, including OSHA regulations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, works with both companies and employees to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to minimize the chance of a workplace accident. From the employer's side, OSHA, regulations include the employer proactively studying a worksite and minimizing potential dangers, provide training and supplies to workers at no charge to protect them from inherent dangers, and to document all incidents and provide this information to their employees at all time. Employees are also allowed to report any suspected hazards to OSHA without the fear of any retaliation from their employers.

Construction workplaces often have large machinery and equipment moving large and heavy supplies and materials. Scaffolding, crane and electrical accidents are not uncommon at these types of sites. If you have suffered from a work related injury, you may be able to recover compensation. It is often in a victim's best interest to reach out to law firm familiar with workplace injuries to learn how to best proceed.

Source: findlaw.com, "Construction Injury Overview," Accessed June 18, 2017

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