Construction company owners in New York and across the nation must provide safe work environments and protect the health and safety of employees. However, deadlines and the bottom line are the focus of many employers. If this is the case on the construction site where you work, you may put your life on the line every day.
However, if you are aware of the risks, you could take your own precautions. Furthermore, you have the right to refuse tasks that pose severe construction injury hazards.
Most common construction site risks
The fatality rate among construction workers is higher than in all other industries. For this reason, it might be a good idea to become familiar with the most prevalent injury risks, which will allow you to take mitigating steps to stay safe.
Caught in or between objects
These injuries can occur whenever you place your body between a moving and a stationary object. The following are typical caught-in or -between hazards:
Falls from heights
Working on scaffolds and other elevated areas are par for the course in the construction industry. Before getting on a scaffold, you could assess the stability of the structure at the start of each day. Along with fall hazards, the following dangers are typically present in scaffold work:
Falling debris and objects
Scaffolds, multi-level projects and other elevated work areas pose dropped object hazards. The following safety precautions can protect workers at lower levels:
All construction sites have uneven terrain and randomly placed objects and materials that pose trip-and-fall hazards. The following are additional fall hazards:
Electrical shocks can occur by directly touching live wires, or indirectly when you touch an object that conducts electricity. The following precautions might keep you safe:
Despite all your efforts to stay safe, you might fall victim to a workplace accident. If you do, you might find comfort in knowing that the New York workers’ compensation insurance system will have your back. An attorney with experience in helping injured workers to obtain maximum benefits can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing administrative and legal proceedings.
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