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How to report a construction site accident in California

On behalf of Mitchell Law Corporation
April 3, 2018

Accidents on construction sites are avoidable, but they also happen with even the best safety measures in place. When a construction site accident occurs in San Diego, it is important for all involved to report it as soon as possible. Reporting an accident is not something you should be afraid to do. It’s something that is within your rights as an employee.

A construction site accident should be reported as soon as possible. The longer you wait to report an accident, the more difficult it will be to remember the details should the situation turn into a lawsuit or other court case. The first step in reporting a construction accident is to make sure all involved are medically evaluated immediately.

As you begin the reporting process, you should first speak with all those involved in the accident. Ask questions, get names and note the weather conditions. You should also note the safety precautions that were followed as well as those that were not followed.

Once you have all of the facts in place about what happened, you need to speak with a supervisor the same day. Tell the supervisor everything you witnessed, what you wrote down and who else on the site witnessed the accident.

Be sure the supervisor understands how important it is for him or her to report the accident further up the chain of command. You should check with the supervisor or other higher ups not long after the accident to make sure it was reported properly to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If not, you can report the accident yourself.

Reporting a construction site accident is important. You need to know how to report these accidents and where to turn for help. These accidents should never be swept under the rug, especially when injuries are suffered.

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