Construction accidents are unfortunately common; according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1 in 5 worker deaths in 2017 was in construction. In an environment full of heavy machinery, tools, and electricity, a misstep can lead to dangerous results. Here are some of the most common causes of work-site injuries and how you can avoid them.
How to Prevent These Construction Accidents
1. Struck by Falling Objects
On a construction site, it isn’t uncommon to have workers on multiple levels, such as in a foundation pit, on the ground, or on a lattice of girders. Those below must be wary of potential falling objects if people above drop something. Protect yourself by wearing a hard hat at all times and avoiding walking beneath upper work. If you’re working above, secure tools and materials with safety straps and webbing lanyards.
2. Falling From Heights
As structures take shape and gain height, workers often find themselves on high ladders or scaffolding. Falling from heights accounts for the largest number of construction accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 370 of 991 construction fatalities in 2016 were the result of a fall. Take preventative measures when working in precarious situations. Ladder training helps employees avoid overleaning and improper setup. Guardrails, toe boards, and canopy nets prevent falls from scaffolding. Ensure scaffolding undergoes routine inspections to detect any weaknesses in the structure.
3. Electrical Problems
Electricity is necessary to power tools on a construction site, but its presence brings the possibility of shock hazards. Electrocution can stem from exposed wires, damaged equipment, improper grounding, and faulty connections. Inspect devices regularly for these issues. Another cause for concern is water, which increases the potential for danger if machinery or equipment becomes wet. Avoid operating electrical equipment in wet conditions and be mindful of spills, puddles, and inclement weather.
Should you find yourself the victim of a construction accident in Orange or Rockland counties, NY, the attorneys at Neimark & Neimark can help. They specialize in personal injury cases, bringing over 40 years of experience to the table. These skilled litigators uphold a commitment to treating each client like a member of their own family and will advocate for your rights. Join the conversation on Facebook or visit their website to learn more. Call them today for a free consultation at (888) 725-7424.