According to the US Department of Labor, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014….almost 90 a week and more than 13 every day. One in five worker deaths during 2014 were in the construction field, the four leading causes of death being falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and caught-in-between. On the job safety is critical, therefore, to preventing injuries and saving lives. The Labor Department, through OSHA [Occupational Safety & Health Administration] has identified those standards most violated in 2015. These included lack of fall protection, unsafe scaffolding, defective ladders, electrical wiring, machinery and guarding and hazard communication.
It’s clear, then, that construction sites can be great places to work if safety is at the top of the list….but they can be very dangerous places, particularly for workers in the trades, if safety is not job one. With so many work activities going on at the same time, safety and safety training is so very important to everyone. In New York, owners and contractors are required under New York Labor Law to provide safety devices to workers so as to prevent injuries in the first place.
If you have been injured on a construction site, you should see your lawyer right away.