You Have the Right to a Safe Workplace in New York and New Jersey

Construction jobs are extremely dangerous and New York construction injuries are all too common. Because of this fact, it is even more important to have strict safety rules and regulations in place. Due to the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all New York and New Jersey construction workers are entitled to a safe workplace.


Under OSHA, employers have the obligation to:

  • Provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards.

  • Ensure employees have safe, properly maintained tools and equipment.

  • Inform employees about OSHA health and safety standards that apply to their workplace.

  • Establish a written hazard communication program that includes information about container labeling, material safety data sheets and employee training.

  • Use color codes, posters, labels and signs to warn employees of potential hazards.

  • Inform employees of the location and availability of their medical and exposure records and provide access to these records if requested.

  • Post OSHA citations at or near violation areas. Citations must remain posted until the violation is corrected, or for 3 working days, whichever is longer.

  • Display the official OSHA poster that describes rights and responsibilities under the Act in a prominent place.


Employees also have the right to:

  • Access to review standards, rules, regulations, and OSHA requirements.

  • Access relevant employee medical and exposure records, including work related injuries and illnesses.

  • Request an OSHA inspection by the area director if they believe hazardous conditions or violations exist in the workplace.

  • Have an employee chosen representative accompany the OSHA inspector during the inspection.

  • Have their names withheld from their employer, upon request to OSHA, if they sign and file a written complaint.

  • Be free from any discrimination or retaliatory action from their employer as a result of an OSHA complaint.


If you have been injured as a result of an OSHA violation, you need to contact an experienced New York accident attorney. The lawyers at The Pagan Law Office represent victims of construction negligence throughout New Jersey and New York, including Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Contact our office today by filling out a quick online contact form, or by calling our office at 1-800-PAGAN-911 (1-800-724-2691). Our New York construction accident attorneys are here to speak with you, for free, about your rights to compensation after a New York work injury.

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