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  • Writer's pictureJohn Larrimer

Should There Be More Safety Requirements for Construction Workers?

Following 33 construction-related deaths in the last two years, a recent bill was introduced in New York City that would require construction workers to have a work visa, GED, and take a safety requirement and job apprenticeship course to be able to work. Critics of this bill say that the barrier of entry will be too high, keeping the poorest applicants out of work. There are already many safety regulations in place for construction sites, but many feel like they are still not enough. Could a bill like this come to Ohio?

Many construction workers are independent contractors, meaning that that they are not eligible for workers’ compensation in the event of a work-related injury. However, many workers are misclassified.

Signs That You Have Been Misclassified as an Independent Contractor

  1. You have received training: The more training an employee gets, the more likely they will legally need to be categorized as an employee.

  2. You don’t provide your own work materials: the greater the amount of equipment and facilities the employer provides for your job, the more likely you are an employee. If you are responsible for using your own construction equipment, the more likely you are a contractor.

  3. You are paid hourly: Contractors are more likely to be paid per job instead of hourly.

The more that a company invests resources into a worker, the greater the chance that worker should be categorized as an employee. Employee misclassification is a serious issue that affects thousands of workers. If you were injured on the job and need coverage for your injuries, Columbus workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer LLC can help you figure out if you have been misclassified as an independent contractor.

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