Construction is one of the most dangerous job industries. There are so many elements involved, such as electricity, heights, tools and machinery. One of the most dangerous is heights, particularly roofing. Working on a roof is no easy task, especially when inclement weather is involved. One of the biggest concerns for roofers is traumatic brain injuries.
Safety is one of the most important considerations in any construction project. To be sure, construction incorporates electricity, heights, and machinery, making it one of the most dangerous industries. In fact, it has the third-highest rate of workplace fatalities.
Accidents happen quite often, even when there are supervisors on hand. Many of these accidents involve falls. Falls account for 30 percent of fatalities in the construction industry.
When you think of construction accidents, the things that come to mind may include machinery accidents, power tool injuries or falls. However, one of the most common construction accidents is electrocution. In the United States, electrocution is the fourth most common cause of death among construction workers.
Electrocution often leads to critical injuries and even death. Read on to learn how electrocution affects construction workers in New York.
Working in the construction industry is the leading cause of lead poisoning in adults. In New York, many buildings are older and contain lead paint, lead pipes, lead in the glaze of ceramic floor tiles, and lead in items around the building, such as ceramic products and jewelry.
OSHA has guidelines in place to protect construction industry workers from lead exposure on the job. When an employer violates these guidelines, workers can suffer from the effects of lead poisoning. Those who suffer from financial damages as a result of their exposure can seek compensation for their damages through construction accident claims.
The New York City Building Department recently released a new map – included below – showing the location, age, size, and type of each piece of scaffolding in the city. The types listed on the map include construction scaffolding, maintenance scaffolding, and scaffolding on buildings designated as Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). Pedestrians and cyclists can use this map to plan their routes to avoid scaffolding when they can and when they cannot, to traverse through these areas safely.
If you are employed in the construction industry, you know how dangerous your job can be. Acknowledging this fact, do you and your colleagues take steps to protect yourselves from injury in the workplace? There are many ways you can reduce your chance of suffering an injury, one of which is educating yourself about the risks you face and who is liable in various injury scenarios. If you are injured at work, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Then, work with an experienced construction accident lawyer to determine who is liable for your damages and how to seek compensation for them.
Construction workers face a number of hazards every day. While working with large pieces of machinery and the risk of falls from heights are some of the most common dangers, other risks include exposure to harmful chemicals, exposure to dust and air pollution, and exposure to unsafe levels of noise and vibrations. These exposures may lead to respiratory illnesses, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and numerous other health problems.
While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has imposed strict guidelines regarding worker safety and safety standards, injuries and deaths still occur at an alarming rate. To mitigate risks and increase workers’ safety, SmartSite has developed innovative technology to help the construction industry track hazards and take action to protect workers from harm.
Workplace safety has changed drastically over the years. Were the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, established in 1971 by Congress never created there would likely be increased work-related accidents, increased sick leave by employees, higher workplace mortality rates, and a decrease in employer revenue. OSHA is responsible for assuring the work environments of men and women are healthy and safe. It does so by setting and enforcing workplace safety standards. Other services provided by OSHA in its effort to ensure workplace safety include training, education, outreach and assistance. Since its creation in the 1970s OSHA has joined forces with states, employers and advocates across America to impact workplace safety.
On February 5, 2016, a devastating accident shook Lower Manhattan Street: a crane collapsed, killing one individual in the area and causing injury to three more persons. As reported by NBC New York, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the collapse occurred when the crane was being lowered and secured. It is believed that the crane collapse may have occurred, or was aided by, high speed winds; nine minutes before the collapse, a 37 mile per hour wind gust was recorded.
Twenty-six-year-old Pedro Bacillo who was working on the interior of a midtown Manhattan building tragically died when the five-story townhome crumbled with him and other workers still inside, according to a recent ABC News report. It took three hours for emergency crews to dig out one other worker while 17 were able to escape uninjured. Investigators are looking into what caused the collapse, which occurred on a construction site that had been taking adjacent buildings down – floor by floor – for several months prior to the disastrous accident. Continue reading