When construction projects are to be carried out on rough terrain, it is the responsibility of the employer to assess and evaluate the area to identify risks and address potential hazards. Workers must be made aware of dangerous areas, such as the presence of ditches, in areas where crane operators have to work. Furthermore, employers must provide safety gear. Disregard of safety regulations can result in employees being injured at work or, worse, dying because of a workplace accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into a fatal May workplace accident in another state. Investigators determined that safety violations by the company caused the death of a worker from Colorado. It was reported that the man died within 10 days of starting the job on the construction site. He was the operator of a rough-terrain crane that weighed 90 tons.