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Safe construction sites are best for workers and contractors

If you work in construction in New York, whether in the city proper, or in one of her bedroom communities, then you probably know someone who has suffered an injury on the job. You do not have to search very long to find many reports of preventable injuries or deaths on construction sites, and the state's Department of Buildings is taking notice.

Just a few weeks ago, a worker fell from only 18 feet and died on a construction site, adding to the growing concern surrounding New York's dangerous construction industry. The man lost his life because of an accident that was "completely preventable," according to the city's Building Commissioner. In the case of the worker who fell to his death, additional tie-offs to the safety harness he was wearing may have saved his life.

Safety violations hurt employers, too

Although the project was slated to wrap up in April of 2017, the death shut down the site for weeks, to give the DOB time to investigate. The construction company running the project already has at least seven safety violations filed with OSHA, and this latest tragedy could spell big trouble for them. The company already owes many thousands of dollars in fines, and this latest accident will only add to that sum.

Of course, no matter how long you've worked in construction, it is crucial to stay mindful of your safety and the safety of others around you. There is no employer who has the right to neglect your safety or allow unsafe practices to achieve an attractive bottom line.

Keep yourself safe at all costs

When you are on the construction site, it is always important to make sure that you take the proper precautions to protect yourself. Most injuries on construction sites involve either falling objects striking a worker or a worker falling from a dangerous height.

Protecting yourself from falling objects may seem like an impossible task — after all, beyond a hardhat, how much protection can one have? While it is true that a falling object is very destructive no matter how hard your hat is, you can avoid many injuries by remaining mindful of where you are in the construction site and staying alert to dangers that may arise quickly.

Of course, there are many more proactive measures that one can take to avoid falling. Whether you are carrying materials up stairs and scaffolding or working at an elevation that requires a harness, do not put the job ahead of your own safety. Like the man who tragically lost his life earlier, you may be one poorly secured harness away from serious injury or death.

Similarly, many companies tend to fudge the regulations when it comes to scaffolding and stairs, which can lead to serious harm and halted workflow.

The bottom line remains — if you see a safety violation, notify someone immediately, and never place yourself in danger for the sake of your job.

Build a strong team to fight for you

Unfortunately, many construction workers suffer injuries even when proper precautions are in place. If you suffered injuries on a construction site, you should not have to fight for just treatment and compensation on your own. With proper legal counsel, you can explore all your options for pursuing justice, while ensuring that your rights remain secure.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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