How New York Construction Employers Could Prevent Serious Fall Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. There are countless risks facing constructions workers, many of which can result in serious injury. However, there are some common risks that all construction workers should be aware of regardless of the type of building they are constructing or the job they are completing on the construction site. Specifically, falls from elevations are one of the most common ways in which constructions workers are injured or killed.

3 Ways New York Construction Falls Could be Avoided

While most falls are accidents, there are ways to prevent these accidents from becoming tragedies. Specifically, a New York construction contractor or employer could:
  • Use a Guardrail System: When there is a vertical drop of 6 feet or more, an employer may chose to use a guardrail system to prevent construction workers from fall injuries. A guardrail system must meet OSHA guidelines.
  • Use Safety Nets or Require the Use of a Personal Fall Arrest System: If a vertical drop of 6 feet or more is present and a guardrail system is not in place then an employer must use safety nets or require the use of a personal fall arrest system to prevent injuries.
  • Properly Inspect all Equipment: making sure that equipment, including ladders and scaffolding, is safe and in good working order is essential to preventing serious fall accidents.

Unfortunately, not all New York construction supervisors, contractors and employers take these steps, and each year New York construction workers suffer significant injuries as a result.

What to Do If You've Been Hurt in a Fall on a New York Construction Site

If you have been hurt in a New York construction fall accident then it is important to contact a New York accident attorney for a free consultation. Your New York construction accident attorney will review your case, advise of you of your legal options, and discuss your potential recovery with you.

For more information, please call a New York accident lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 or fill out the contact form on the right side of this page.

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