The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 6.5% increase in the number of deaths to workers called “contractors”. Even more startling is there was a 19% increase in deaths due to falls.
A contractor is defined as a worker employed by one company but is working at the behest of another company that exercises overall responsibility for the site. This happens when a sub-contractor is working at the instructions of a general contractor. We all know if the sub-contractor does not do what the general contractor insists, the sub-contractor won’t have the job much longer. This is why New York’s labor law 240 requires general contractors and property owners to supply necessary safety devices to protect sub-contractor workers from gravity and height related risks.
If you feel unsafe on the job there are several steps you can and should take. Notify your employer of any immediate safety concerns. If your concerns go unheard contact your local OSHA representative. If an unsafe work condition results in injury or death to you or a loved one contact us today. It only takes a few moments to fill out a free case evaluation form.