Construction work is one of the toughest jobs in New York. Due to the nature of the tasks, even the most seasoned workers can have serious accidents. These are some of the most common ones.
Falls are the most common construction accidents. Sadly, depending on the height involved, some workers suffer severe injuries or even death when they fall from ladders, roofs or scaffolding. Employers have a duty to ensure that the proper safety precautions are in place to prevent such incidents from happening.
Construction workers must use heavy machinery to perform a variety of tasks. Workers can suffer catastrophic injuries if they aren’t properly trained to use this equipment; however, even the most seasoned employees can still have accidents if machinery suddenly malfunctions.
Workers can be struck by objects or debris when on construction sites. Depending on the object and its weight, this can be deadly. Struck-by accidents can be avoided when proper safety measures are in place. Hard hats can protect workers from smaller objects that could strike them on the head while remaining alert at all times and staying a safe distance could help prevent struck by accidents involving cranes.
Construction work often requires workers to perform the same motions repeatedly. These repetitive movements involve using certain equipment, which can lead to overexertion and injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or white finger syndrome.
When construction workers perform excavation, it increases the risk of ground collapses. These accidents can leave workers buried and trapped, which can kill them. Employers must prepare for the risks and ensure that excavation work can be done safely.