Construction workers are legally entitled to safety on the job site

Some areas in the state of New York are almost always undergoing some form of construction. As a result, the construction industry provides a good income and attracts many workers. Unfortunately, the field of construction is fraught with many injury and accident hazards. Employer safety measures Employers in the state are required by law to provide and maintain construction site safety measures to help keep their employees free of injury. When they fail in this requirement, injured employees may seek a legal solution for their harm in the...

Scaffolding safety tips

If you suffer a scaffold accident while at work on a construction site, the consequences are likely to be serious. You will need time off work and may be unable to return to the same job. Your injuries could leave you with a life of pain or permanent disability. The medical bills and any assistance you need could be significant. That is the best scenario. Many people die each year due to scaffolding accidents. Injuries can occur for several reasons, including falls, collapsing scaffolds, items being dropped from the platform onto your head...

What are the top safety violations OSHA finds?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government body responsible for ensuring all employees have safe workplaces. It provides training, offers guidance, and carries out checks to ensure employers meet the safety regulations it sets. These are the 10 most common workplace safety violations it found in 2019 and the number of violations for each category noted that year: Fall Protection (6,010): You do not need to be far off the ground to suffer a severe injury from falling. You could fall into a hole in the ground....

Scaffolding, scaffolding everywhere: Why is NYC covered in old scaffolding?

Take a stroll down almost any street in New York City and you’re bound to find one thing: Buildings covered in scaffolding. Scaffolding is supposed to go up when repairs need done on a building and come back down when the work is done. But scaffolding in NYC seems to go up and just sit there -- usually for years. Scaffolding and sidewalk sheds are supposed to protect pedestrians from crumbling facades and work debris, but they can become hazards in their own right -- especially since there are about 300 miles of sidewalk sheds that aren’t...

What’s the difference between workers’ comp and a third-party claim?

Workplace injuries are a common occurrence across the state of New York. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 80,200 severe workplace injury and illness cases among private employers. That means they involved days away from work, a transfer or restrictions. Goods-producing businesses, such as in construction or natural resources, saw fairly high rates of these severe injuries. When a workplace injury leaves an individual with expensive medical bills and impacts their ability to earn a living, what options might they have for...

The pandemic is not an excuse for lax safety standards

Just a quick glance at headlines across the construction industry reveals a clear picture of a troubling situation. Despite COVID-19 prompting the shutdown of many projects, dangerous accidents at construction sites continue. The construction worker safety conversation has become all but lost amid discussion of the pandemic. But the continued existence and spread of COVID-19 is not an excuse for employers to ignore their worker safety responsibilities. Trainings must continue if possible Things are hectic right now. The Occupational Safety...

How can workers stay safe on scaffolding?

So far in 2020, there have been many news stories of people being seriously injured after falling off scaffolding. Some scaffolding collapses are caused by high winds; other collapses may be caused by improper setup or other hazards. No matter the cause, people who must work on scaffolds should exercise utmost precautions to stay safe on the job. Tips to help you stay safe Knowing how dangerous scaffold work can be, it’s prudent to take precautions. Here are a few suggestions: Wear proper work clothes – your work boots and attire may never be...

How does New York’s Scaffold Law protect workers?

Everybody knows the construction industry is dangerous due, in large part, to the great heights at which individuals must work. It is for this reason basic safety laws exist. The workers deserve to be protected. Yet according to the most recent Deadly Skyline report, falls remain the top cause of fatalities on construction sites. In addition, fall protections account for the most frequent construction site violation cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. All of this underscores the continued need for the Scaffold Law. Why...

Protecting yourself from ladder accidents on a work site

If there is a serious fall injury on a construction site, it is very likely the result of an incident involving a ladder. Consider this troubling finding from one study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Of all construction worker fall injuries that required treatment at the emergency room, 81% involved a ladder. Ladders themselves are all but unavoidable on construction sites. Contractors and property owners have a responsibility to ensure this equipment is safe for workers to use. If they drop the ball, where does that...