Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces there are. Apart from the abundance of potentially dangerous equipment and materials, too many worksite managers put cost and time constraints above worker safety.
Among the most common causes of construction accidents in New York City and across the country is lack of protection for those working at high elevations. However, those who work on the ground can be in danger of getting hit by falling objects or tripping on debris and construction materials.
People who work near power lines face unique dangers if proper precautions and safety measures are not taken. So do those who work in trenches or on excavation sites. Cave-ins can occur if the soil is loose, the equipment is too heavy or water has weakened the sides of the trench.
Equipment is another source of potential danger for construction workers. They need to be properly trained in operating the tools they are using. Further, those in charge of the site need to ensure that the equipment is safe and that all of the proper protections and guards are in place on the equipment.
At O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, we know that too many injuries on construction sites are the result of failure to adhere to the safety regulations required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies. Yet, often workers are told that their injuries are their own fault so that contractors and other entities can try to avoid responsibility.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site and you believe that the injury could have been prevented by those responsible for the site and/or the employees, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.