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Construction sites could become 680% safer

New York is home to some of the tallest and most opulent buildings in the world. Whether workers are building, repairing or cleaning them, there is a chance that they could fall or suffer from other workplace accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration puts guidelines in place to prevent this from happening, but when employers neglect to enforce best practices, workers suffer the consequences.

Construction accidents on the rise in NYC

New York is well known for some of the world’s most famous architectural modern marvels. From the Empire State building to the Statue of Liberty, construction has been a big part of this state’s history. In 2018, NYC experienced a construction boom, as new projects were on the rise in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, the NY Post reports that this has led to a spike in construction accidents.

Construction outpaces all other industries in work fatalities

In 2017, Fortune reported that work-related fatalities in the construction industry had reached its highest levels since the recession. While the study did not single out New York, this may nonetheless cause some concern among New Yorkers who work in the construction industry. There is some good news, however, as Fortune stated that despite this hike in work-related deaths, American work-related fatalities had trended downward.

Why do construction workers receive so many back injuries?

If you work construction in New York, you likely can answer the above question in one word: lifting. The lifting your job requires you to do numerous times each day can and does take a toll on your back over time. The heavier the things you must lift, and the longer you work at your trade, the greater the toll.

Job sites and the risk of electrocution

Those who work in the construction industry face a variety of hazards on the job, from falling materials and objects to the dangers that come with using certain types of machinery. However, electrical shock is a serious concern and these accidents have caused many construction workers to suffer various hardships. If you are an electrician, or if you simply find yourself on a job site where there is a risk of electrocution, it is pivotal to be aware of these risks at all times. Unfortunately, many construction workers have suffered serious injuries and even passed away in these accidents.

What is the 2010 Construction Industry Fair Play Act?

When you get injured while at work, it is important for workers' compensation purposes that you are a qualifying employee of the company. In New York, the state has made it easier for contractors working on construction sites to be fully covered by the main employer's workers' compensation insurance through the 2010 Construction Industry Fair Play Act.

Electrical shock on construction sites

Construction workers face many different hazards on a regular basis, especially if they work in high places or use dangerous machinery. However, there are many other risks to watch out for, such as electrocution. Workers are electrocuted in many different ways and these accidents can lead to serious injuries or even the loss of life. On construction sites across the state of New York, it is crucial for workers to recognize how these accidents occur and make sure they take all steps to recover properly in the wake of an accident.

NYC construction deaths decline, but fatalities increase statewide

While workplaces overall have become much safer over the past century, some jobs remain inherently dangerous. The rate of accidents and injuries in these professions is often a good barometer for judging the culture of workplace safety overall. This may be especially true of the construction industry.

Protection from scaffolding falls

There always seems to be construction going on in New York, and falls from scaffolding are common reasons for workers' compensation claims. Safety in regard to scaffolding and associated equipment must be a priority for employers and workers, and proper controls and procedures need to be in place.

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