If you have ever worked on or visited a construction site in New York, you know it can be dangerous. Many moving vehicles and heavy equipment are being used at any construction site. There can be hundreds of workers, stacks of supplies, and many other potential hazards at these sites at any time.
Construction accidents can happen to anyone on the site. One of the top four accidents that lead to construction site injuries is caught-in or caught-between events. These accidents happen when a person is trapped beneath or between construction equipment or materials, or there is a collapse. A caught-in injury may also occur when a person is injured by equipment that does not have the proper safety features, and a body part is pulled into the machine.
Staying safe at a construction site
Employees at any construction site are encouraged to use safety equipment at all times when working. Do not remove safety features on machinery. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and adhere to all safety rules. Employers are encouraged to provide safety training to all personnel to help avoid construction site accidents.
Catastrophic injuries or death can result from these accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)has stated that almost 3% of all construction site accident deaths are related to caught-in or caught-between accidents. These construction work accidents are also responsible for many catastrophic or life-changing injuries.
Construction sites are busy places. Everyone must take precautions when working or visiting these sites to remain safe. If you are at one of these sites and notice any safety issues, you are encouraged to notify the management as soon as possible. Your actions can help protect someone from a devastating injury or losing their life.