The fine leveled by the federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a New Jersey contractor is enough to get anyone's attention: $191,215. OSHA says DH Construction LLC has been allowing workers to use unsecured scaffolding that didn't have enough planks for proper flooring. The company was also cited for failing to provide adequate protection to its construction workers from falling objects.
The fine also includes a violation for putting scaffolding too near power lines. Anyone with experience in the industry knows that any of these violations have the potential to result in construction accidents, serious injuries and even fatalities.
OSHA handed out 8 repeat violations and a pair of serious violation citations to DH Construction. The firm's owner also controls another company, which was cited in 2014 for similar infractions.
A fall from scaffolding is very likely to result in substantial injuries to the worker. Not only is the worker at risk, however. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says that employers pay out about $70 billion per year in workers' compensation and medical bills caused by falls in workplaces.
In most cases, New Jersey workers injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits that provide wage replacement and needed medical treatments. When those earned and deserved benefits are denied, you can appeal with the help of an attorney experienced in workers' comp appeals.
Contact the Cherry Hill office of Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C. for more information.