The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that nearly 6.5 million individuals work at an average of 252,000 construction sites across the nation. Given the large workforce that constructs buildings and structures, safety should be a key issue. Unfortunately, injuries and death do happen and all too often. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an average of 908 deaths that occur a year on construction sites. That number is too high. At Levinson Axelrod, we believe that construction workers should be protected and informed. We list the top six causes of construction accidents of which to be aware.
Scaffolding structures are large, temporary units erected to allow workers to build at a high height. It usually consists of metals and poles. They can be very dangerous for the workers because of their height. If the structure is not secure and the workers are not careful, falls can occurs. It can be very dangerous and potentially fatal.
Improper Safety Gear
Because of the dangerous nature of the job, it is important that construction workers are equipped with all the safety tools they need. It is up to the managers to uphold guidelines to promote caution. However, not everyone does. When gear such as hard hats, goggles, and harnesses are not used, it can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
Electrocutions are the second highest cause for construction accidents. Construction sites usually have many wires and electrical charges that are open. They need to be handled with care and with the proper tools. If not, it is very easy to sustain an injury.
Stuck By Object
Construction sites have many different levels of work going on at all times. It can be easy for an object to detach from a machine and hurt a worker. It is important that all equipment be properly maintained and all safety precautions heeded. If not, an object can fall, swing, and roll, causing an individual to lose their balance or get major cuts / bruises.
Construction workers usually handle very large machinery and deal with heavy materials. If one is not careful, they can be caught between a machine or concrete slat or something else. This can lead to lacerated appendages and broken bones.
Companies and management have a responsibility to provide functioning and safe equipment. Cranes, forklifts, and more, should be regularly checked and maintained. If they fail to do so, it can lead to injuries and even death.
At Levinson Axelrod, Attorneys at Law, we believe that everyone has a right to leave work without injury. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact our New Jersey construction accident attorneys today. We offer free case evaluations, where we will help form the best plan for you.