Employer’s Responsibility to Provide Construction Equipment
If you are a construction worker, you may not know it but your employer has a requirement to protect you from injury or illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a duty to help protect you from hazards in the workplace, including the construction industry, which is one of the most dangerous workplaces. When you are working in a construction zone, an employer is required to provide something known as personal protective equipment (PPE) to you, which is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards in the zone. Some examples of this include gloves, foot and eye protection, hearing protection, and hard hats.
Employers are obligated to perform hazard assessments of the workplace in an attempt to identify all hazards in the workplace. From there, they are able to identify and provide all PPE to employees. However, it does not end there – employers must also maintain all PPE being used on the job, which means inspecting to ensure that the equipment has not failed before workers start their jobs for the day. Employees are responsible for wearing PPE provided as well as attending training sessions on PPE.
Employers are also required to pay for most PPE as of 2008 rules. This means that, if it complies with OSHA standards, the employer will be responsible for paying for it for employees to use. These standards basically make it clear that workers will not provide their own PPE.
When You Are Injured
Were you injured in a construction accident because your employer failed to take OSHA precautions and did not provide PPE on the job? Construction accidents can be very serious as well as extremely deadly based on the circumstances of your accident. Call us today if you have a claim because of an employer’s negligence in the workplace. We will help you every step of the way.