From chemical burns to electrical shock and falling debris, many hazards are present on construction sites across the country. In Staten Island, and in all other New York areas, falling is an especially prevalent and dangerous type of workplace accident that claims construction workers’ lives and leaves many more with debilitating injuries. Moreover, you should remember that construction falls take many forms.
From scaffolding falls to going through a roof, many examples of construction site falls have been covered on this blog. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration draws attention to other fall-related dangers that exist on job sites. For example, construction workers may fall through a wall or an opening that has not been properly guarded. Workers may fall off of a steep roof or a ladder and they may also fall down due to surfaces that have become slippery from rainfall or job-related materials. In fact, construction workers may even fall when trying to get on or off of equipment.
After a fall, injured workers should explore their choices and may want to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. While some injured workers may feel like their life has been utterly shattered, obtaining these benefits could help them in multiple ways, from job training to monetary compensation and even assistance with medical costs. Moreover, workers’ compensation may even be able to help families who have lost a construction worker in an on-the-job mishap, which is especially crucial for those who are trying to work through an unimaginable amount of emotional pain.