New York City has some of the world’s most recognisable skylines. These skylines, which New Yorkers and tourists alike appreciate, are made possible by the labour performed on construction sites. Unfortunately, construction is currently the most dangerous industry in New York.
Recent Increases in Construction Site Accidents
Many individuals believe that accidents on construction sites are routinely frequent. Recent studies, however, indicate that the rate of construction-related injuries in New York is rising. If you were injured on a construction site, you have the right to seek monetary compensation. Seeking compensation can assist you in covering the expenses related to your injuries.
In 2018, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,250 workers were killed on the job. This represents an average of 14 worker deaths per day. More than 21 percent of these were from the construction industry.
This makes construction the leading industry for worker fatalities in the private sector. In addition, the construction industry death rate in New York is higher than the national average. Not every accident results in the demise of an employee. However, these numbers reveal the hazardous nature of construction sites.
A variety of factors contribute to the problem of construction site accidents. In this article, we will examine several of the leading causes of these incidents.
The Top Causes of Construction Site Accidents and Injuries
These are some of the most frequent causes of accidents on construction sites:
338 of the total 1,008 construction-related fatalities in 2018 were caused by falls. Thus, falling accidents were the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. An accident involving falling can occur if a worker steps unintentionally onto an open-sided floor. In addition, when stairwells lack handrails, the risk of falling increases. Because construction sites frequently contain elevated work platforms, falling injuries can be fatal for workers who sustain them. Companies or contractors who fail to comply with construction safety standards increase the likelihood of falls. They may be held legally responsible for their negligence in these situations.
According to OSHA, more than a hundred construction workers were struck by an object and died on the job in 2018. Inadequate training is a leading cause of “struck by object” injuries and deaths. This type of injury is more likely to occur when workers have not been trained in the proper safety procedures for the relevant machinery and equipment. For instance, employees should be trained on proper vehicle braking procedures, reverse alarms, tool guards, PPE (personal protection equipment), catch platforms, and more. One way construction companies may be held liable for worker injury or death is if they fail to provide adequate training.
Over 8% of worker deaths in 2018 were attributed to electrocution. When a person comes into contact with a power line or another exposed source of electricity, electrocution injuries occur. The person may come into direct or indirect contact with the source of electricity, such as through a tool or piece of machinery. Workers are sometimes electrocuted because they are unaware of the various electrified power sources on the job site. For instance, if a worker carrying a tall ladder collides with an unmarked powerline, they could be electrocuted.
Congested construction sites may harbour numerous hazards. Due to this, a worker may be unable to accurately calculate all potential dangers while performing their job duties. When a worker is standing between two heavy objects or pieces of machinery, “Caught In/Between” accidents occur. The worker is caught between the heavy objects when one of them moves. This type of accident was responsible for 55 workplace fatalities in 2018. When a stack of heavy materials collapses or when a worker’s body parts become entangled in the moving parts of a machine, “Caught In/Between” injuries may also occur.
This is one of the most common types of accidents on construction sites. When working conditions are unsafe, slip-and-fall incidents are likely to occur. Wet or slick surfaces devoid of guardrails or warning signs can lead to workers losing their balance and falling.
Despite strict regulations, scaffolding accidents still occur occasionally. OSHA reports that scaffolding regulations are among the most frequently violated by private companies. This is one reason why. As a result of a support giving way, scaffolding injuries may occur. In addition, they are occasionally the result of a worker slipping or being struck by an object. The majority of scaffold safety incidents are caused by improper construction or maintenance.
There are various causes for these types of injuries. Clearly, there are inherent dangers associated with the use of construction machinery and power tools. But these risks are exacerbated by faulty equipment, electrical defects, insufficient worker training, and inadequate safety equipment. The OSHA safety regulations for machinery and machine guarding are, unfortunately, one of the ten most frequently violated regulations annually. This annually results in numerous worker injuries and deaths.
Each year, construction site vehicles such as graders, backhoes, trucks, and forklifts cause a significant number of workplace injuries. Visibility and control are reduced, for instance, when workers operate a forklift with the load in the raised position. This can result in collisions and caught between/in accidents. Training in proper vehicle operation is required to maintain a safe and functional construction site.
With the proper regulations, protective measures, and safety training, many of the injuries discussed above are preventable.
Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, it is imperative to seek legal counsel. The economic costs of a workplace injury can escalate rapidly.
A competent attorney can help you determine whether your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation if your injury was caused by a company’s regulatory violations or lack of proper training.
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Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.