Anyone who has spent time working on a New York construction site knows how dangerous they are. They also know that their employers must -- by law -- take specific action to limit the risks associated with working at a construction job site. According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), here are two of the top hazards that workers encounter on a daily basis while navigating a typical construction site:
1. Falling from heights or tripping
Many workers are at heights working from places that present falling risks. However, a fall can also happen at ground level and result in serious injuries. Here is some advice for preventing falls:
- Always wear harnesses and other fall prevention equipment when necessary to prevent a fall.
- Keep perimeter protection in place where workers could fall.
- Cover up any openings in the floor and label them.
- Always take care to follow safety guidelines when using scaffolds and ladders.
2. Being struck by objects and machinery
Whether the object has fallen from a height, driving along the ground, operating nearby or is flying through the air laterally, one of the most common accidents involves a worker getting struck by something like a flying object or piece of machinery. Here's how workers can prevent "struck-by" incidents:
- Do not stand between or near two objects like vehicles or machinery, especially when there are two vehicles or when a vehicle is pressed against a wall or post.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Wear visible clothing so drivers can see you better.
- Do not work directly beneath other workers who are above you.
- Strap down loose objects and keep your work area organized.
- Give lots of space to fellow workers.
The injuries associated with the falling, "struck-by" and tripping construction accidents can be particularly severe. If you were hurt at your job, take action now to protect your potential right to pursue compensation and benefits.