Too many times, construction accidents in Massachusetts turn out to have been preventable. This is one reason why the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is committed to promoting workplace safety throughout the country. One method that OSHA employs in order to encourage employers to provide safe workplaces is by levying fines against companies which violate safety regulation. This can be especially important in the construction industry, since construction accidents can seriously injure or even kill workers in such a dangerous profession.
Recently, a Massachusetts-based construction company contracted to do work in another state has been slapped with heavy fines for allegedly failing to meet safety standards. OSHA is proposing that Twin Pines Construction Inc. be required to fork over nearly $300,000 for not providing workers with sufficient protection from the risk of falls while on the job. Specifically, OSHA maintains that the company has failed to provide workers with the life-saving types of fall safeguards that would keep them from falls ranging from nine feet to as much as 30 feet in height.
According to OSHA, this particular contractor has engaged in multiple instances of these safety violations and that they rise to the level of being classified as 'serious' in nature. In cases like this, companies typically have 15 business days to respond to OSHA's proposal for fines. It is not yet clear whether Twin Pines Construction Inc. will choose to pay the penalties or if it plans to contest's OSHA's findings.
Massachusetts construction workers are all-too-familiar with the inherent dangers associated with their profession. When workers suffer construction accidents that lead to injuries, they are entitled to file for workers' compensation benefits to help cover medical costs and lost wages while unable to work. Similarly, the surviving families of those who lose their lives in such accidents may be able to file for death benefits to help provide for dependent family members who relied upon a slain worker's income.
Source: boston.com, "Mass. contractor faces $290,000 in fines in NH," May 28, 2013