Multi-level construction sites with large equipment and hazardous materials are common in New York. At Angiuli & Gentile LLP, our experienced team helps clients injured at the worksite with the workers’ compensation claims.
Arbill reports that four types of accidents were responsible for more than half of all construction site deaths in 2015. Some measures can be taken to prevent these accidents and make the workplace safer.
- More than 100,000 construction site injuries and deaths were due to falls. Employers can reduce this number by including safety harnesses, lines and nets for workers who must be far above the ground. Guardrails and toe-boards around elevated platforms, runways and dangerous equipment can prevent you from getting too close to the edge when carrying out your duties.
- Being struck by falling, swinging or rolling objects was the second leading cause of death on construction sites. Wearing a hard hat, safety glasses and other protective gear can prevent severe injury in many cases. Avoid areas where work is taking place above your head, or heavy loads are hoisted.
- Electricity can cause catastrophic injuries. Take precautions by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment to reduce the chance of electrocution. Safety classes conducted by employers can help provide you with the information needed to stay safer on the job.
- Being crushed or squeezed between objects can occur when a person is pulled into or under a piece of equipment or as a result of falling materials. Shut down equipment before walking away or doing repairs and avoid the machinery’s crush points and pull-in areas to minimize risk.
Training programs and implementation of safety measures can help you stay safe on the job. Employers who do not provide these items may be liable in the event of an accident. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.