The personal safety risks involved in construction work are apparent to most employees. Even with the numerous precautions taken to avoid these risks, construction accidents still happen frequently in New York and around the country. Three workers in another state were recently injured in an accident involving construction equipment.
Heavy machinery, elevated working areas and many other potential hazards can make construction work a dangerous undertaking. Unfortunately, construction accidents are a common occurrence both in New York and across the country. Depending on the type of accident, some workers may face serious injuries. One employee was recently injured when he fell on the job.
New York construction workers face hazards on the job every day. Though not always serious, some construction accidents can lead to severe injuries. When injuries occur, those involved may consider filing workers' compensation claims. A recent accident injured two workers when part of a wall they were working on collapsed.
In spite of the many safety precautions in place, construction work in New York has always been a dangerous job. Whether the result of a fall, malfunctioning equipment or any other host of workplace hazards, construction accidents can result in serious injuries. One worker was recently injured when he was pinned under a giant hammer.
Of all the types of construction work in existence today, working on tall bridges and/or skyscrapers likely ranks highest where personal safety risks are concerned. Construction accidents frequently occur, resulting in serious injuries and sometimes fatalities to New York workers. This state does not stand alone, however, when it comes to construction tragedies, as made evident by a recent incident south of here.
As a construction worker, you must always realize one thing to be true: An accident could occur at any time.
Construction workers in New York face many life-threatening hazards every day, including struck-by hazards. When cranes or other massive machines malfunction, personal protective gear may not be enough to save a worker. For this reason, thorough inspections are required at regular intervals to identify and rectify dangers before construction accidents occur.
Construction workers put their lives on the line each work day. There are laws on the books that are meant to help keep all construction workers safe. Any construction worker who has been harmed while on the job should determine what options they have for seeking the compensation that can help them to cover bills and live life. This is especially important when construction workers have to miss work or are unable to work again because of the severity of the injuries they suffered.
When safety authorities discuss workplace injuries in the construction industry, they will likely agree that falls are the cause of most of the serious injuries and fatalities reported annually. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has implemented strict safety regulations to address all the hazards presented by working at heights. However, many employers in New York and other states choose to disregard the safety precautions that can save lives. Too many New York workers lose their lives in construction accidents that were preventable.
Undocumented workers in the United States worry daily about the threat of deportation, and this concern often leads to a fear of filing claims for relief due to workplace injuries. The good news is that New York State and the federal government have laws in place that protect undocumented workers from retaliation by their employers. These laws bar threats of deportation, and it is illegal for an employer to report someone to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as punishment for a workplace injury claim. While the threat of deportation is always there, it cannot legally come from the employer of an undocumented worker who was injured on the job.