CONSTRUCTION FATAL HAZARDS


BY: J. NORMAN STARK, ATTORNEY / ARCHITECT EMERITUS (A.I.A., NCARB)

Construction projects have been frequently identified as “dangerous places”.  That hang tag is inaccurate and unfair, since it fails to acknowledge the huge majority of concerned, responsible contractors, subcontractors, and their individual project teams!

Despite the concerted safety efforts of the many responsible tradespersons, contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry, only a few violators are caught cutting safety corners, avoiding essentials, resulting in unsavory reputations, or “Unsafe at any Speed!”  OSHA – the Occupational Safety & Health Agency diligently investigates and targets every reported violation, injury and death, resulting in the imposition of damaging monetary penalties, citations and even criminal indictments, to deter unsafe and fatal construction safety practices.

Sadly, construction fatal hazards continue to occupy the industry news regularly. The media report serious injuries and deaths resulting from a broad variety of incidents, including: (1) electrical hazards, (2) fall hazards, (3) struck-by hazards, (4) caught-in-or- between hazards, and (5) excavation cave-in hazards, (6) confined spaces hazards, and (7) exposure to hazardous substances, among other miscellaneous causes.

Throughout the construction industry most contractors pride themselves in recruiting, training and pairing recruits with skilled and experienced personnel.  These employers also devote a concerted effort in providing regular safety meetings onsite, and insisting upon the use of proper safety equipment where required, to protect their employees as valuable human assets. 

Historically proven, safe practices onsite yield better results!  The prudent construction team can and should take pride in good workmanship and good workwoman-ship. With management support of sound, safe practices, the results can provide accident-free workplaces and fatality-free projects, completed on time, within budget, and with justifiable personal pride for all affected and concerned on every project site.  

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“WHERE EXPERIENCE COUNTS, COUNT ON MY EXPERIENCE”

J. NORMAN STARK, ATTORNEY*

ARCHITECT EMERITUS (OH) A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B.

1109 Carnegie Avenue    Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2805

(216) 531-5310 x7100  Cel: (216) 310-7100

Email: Jnorman@Jnormanstarklaw.com

*Author: The Construction Claims Investigation Worklist®  

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