What can I do about observed unsafe work conditions?
March 25, 2012 7:11 PM Subscribe
How can I report what I think are unsafe work conditions at a construction site near my house? Who should I be talking to, the developer? OSHA?
There is a residential construction area where I've seen workers working in what I would consider very unsafe conditions - for example, workers working on the second floor (10-12 ft up) while balancing on what appears to be 2x6 boards strung between very flimsy supports without any fall protection.
I don't know how OSHA requirements vary depending on the type of workplace, but I do know the OSHA reqs we follow at my workplace would not allow this.
I'm concerned for these workers, but don't know who to talk to. I'm pretty sure that if I call the developer, they will just laugh in my face (or politely listen and then completely ignore it). OSHA has an online report form, but it appears that if you aren't an actual employee or employee representative, it may not get much attention.
Additional complication is that the chances that all these guys are undocumented is very high. The last thing I want to do is get them in some sort of trouble.
(To be clear - this is not intended in any way to be a criticism of the workers themselves. I want their employers to provide them with the tools and training they need to do their jobs safely.)