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Ensuring safety at public works construction sites

Safety is always an issue at any construction site in California. This is one area where you can never afford to cut corners or skimp on quality. The more you can do to keep yourself safe, the better. A new initiative from the California Department of Industrial Relations is aimed at making these sites even safer.

What is the Labor Enforcement Task Force?

The state of California has created a special Labor Enforcement Task Force to supervise and enforce health and safety regulations at construction areas. This measure is designed to minimize the number of construction accidents that take place each year.

The special task force will also have jurisdiction in related areas. These are set to include wage laws, workforce requirements for skilled and trained employees, and standards of apprenticeship.

Employers who fail to comply with these standards may face a wide variety of penalties. These can include punitive action regarding such issues as recovered wages and safety violations. The penalties that the task force prescribes can be civil in nature or leap straight to criminal prosecution depending on the violation.

How can you help the task force?

Have you been made aware of any safety issues or violations at your construction site? If so, now is the time for you to take action. It’s a good idea to gather all of the evidence that you can. This can include photo and video evidence of any irregularities you notice.

You always have the right to report safety violations to your supervisor or the owner of the property. If no action is taken, you can report the issue directly to OSHA. Should any punitive action be taken against you, you also have the right to report this.