How to Avoid 3 Common Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites are incredibly dangerous. Unfinished buildings present an inherent risk to anyone in and around them, but workers across America are exposed to these hazards on a daily basis.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, more than 4,500 people die on construction sites each year in the United States. Thousands more sustain mild to serious injuries.
It is not always possible to avoid construction site accidents – no matter how careful you might be. If you were the victim of a worksite accident, you may be able to recover costs associated with medical treatment and lost wages.
At Kent Hazzard, LLP, we can help you with the claims process. A White Plains accident lawyer can evaluate your case and fight for the maximum compensation. Call us today at 914-948-4700 to schedule an appointment, and read on to learn about three common construction site accidents and how to avoid them:
- Slip and Fall
Slips and falls on construction sites can be deadly. These areas are often chaotic and disorganized; one wire or tool out of place could have disastrous consequences.
This is particularly true for workers who are operating on scaffolding or at significant heights. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for one-third of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.
It is relatively easy to avoid slip and trip accidents on construction sites. Be aware of your footing at all times, and ensure that all paths and work areas are clear of hazards. Construction workers who clean up after each project make the environment safer for everyone.
- Falling Object
Falling objects represent a serious hazard to workers below. They can cause severe head injuries. Even people who wear appropriate safety equipment are at risk.
The best way to avoid injuries from falling objects is to install guardrails and barriers on any scaffolding. The correct barriers combined with safety nets can help reduce the number of injuries from falling debris and equipment.
Electrical hazards are everywhere on busy construction sites. Exposed wires and electrical boxes are threats to people who are not suitably equipped or trained to handle them. Power lines also pose a risk to construction workers, and according to the CDC, many are not aware of the minimum clearance distances that they must keep.
As with many aspects of a construction site, education and training are the keys to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities associated with electrocutions. Only trained workers should handle electrical jobs, and everyone onsite must be aware of the potential dangers, as well as how to avoid them.
If you were in a construction site accident and have questions about filing a claim, call Kent Hazzard, LLP today at 914-948-4700. Mr. Hazzard is a White Plains injury attorney who can evaluate your claim and guide you through the process of recovering compensation.