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Enacting safety protocols can reduce “Fatal Four” injuries

New York construction projects improve infrastructure and benefit millions of people each year. Unfortunately, treacherous conditions make the sites dangerous for those that work there. The team at Angiuli & Gentile, LLP, has experience handling workplace injury claims for construction workers.

According to Arbill, the “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half of the construction deaths in 2015. These are the most common causes of construction site tragedies. However, there are ways you and your employer can minimize risk.

  • Falls - This is the leading cause of serious injury and fatalities. Proper fall protection such as safety harnesses, personal protective equipment and safety training can significantly reduce your chances of bodily harm occurring on the job.
  • Caught in-between - This refers to accidents where a worker becomes crushed or squeezed between objects. It typically occurs as a result of collapsing materials or when loose clothing gets pulled into machinery. Wearing close-fitting clothing, shutting down equipment for repairs and having familiarity with the site’s crush points can reduce your likelihood of injuries.
  • Hit by an object - Falling, swinging, rolling and flying objects or debris can seriously injure you. Tactics such as wearing goggles or face shields, avoiding active work areas and securing materials can reduce injury severity or prevent harm altogether.
  • Electrocution - This is the third leading cause of construction site deaths in 2015. Taking precautions such as safety training and encouraging personal protective equipment can reduce injuries and prevent fatalities.

If you suffer from injuries sustained at a construction site where you work, there may be grounds for a claim if safety protocols are lax. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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