Despite the safety regulations that federal and state authorities mandate, lives continue to be lost on building sites in New York. One of the most recent construction workers' accidents happened in Brooklyn on a recent Wednesday. It claimed the life of a 47-year-old employee of a building contractor.
Workers in the New York construction industry are supposed to be protected from known hazards by their employers. Sadly, many employees do not enjoy that kind of protection. Some construction workers' accidents occur in circumstances that involve safety violations. Compliance with safety regulations might have prevented the recent death of a 50-year-old worker.
The New York State Department of Transportation recently urged drivers to take extra care as they travel through road construction zones. Reportedly, crashes in work zones totaled almost 700 in 2017, with most of them caused by distracted driving. NYSDOT highway maintenance employees are at risk of being injured or killed in construction workers' accidents on every shift they work.
Those who work in construction in New York typically have to face a host of safety hazards regardless of whether a project involves a residence or a skyscraper. Although safety authorities expect employers to protect the health and safety of workers, the range of risks is so vast that safety violations seem to be par for the course. Unfortunately, the slightest errors can cause construction workers' accidents with catastrophic consequences.
Millions of workers in New York and other states report for duty at construction sites every day, knowing that they will put their lives on the line. Regardless of whether they are involved in building a residence or a skyscraper, some common hazards exist. Although employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers, employees can do a lot to protect themselves and prevent construction workers' accidents.
Scaffolding structures pose different safety hazards. This fact was recently underscored at a New York work site in Upper Manhattan. Not only are the workers on a scaffold at risk of falling but also those working at lower levels who might be struck by falling objects from above. Construction workers' accidents involving scaffolds have claimed many lives over the years.
A New York father with two children in college is facing at least four months of recovery before he can return to work. In the meantime, his lost wages and the mounting medical bills are causing concern. Construction workers' accidents often leave injured victims facing financial hardship. This man was struck by a hit-and-run driver while working in a construction zone on Staten Island.
Building sites in New York pose hazards to more than the employees involved in the construction activities. Now and then, construction workers' accidents also involve other individuals in the vicinity. One such an accident recently claimed the life of a security guard.
The owners of construction companies in New York are responsible for the safety of employees. However, if they fail to enforce compliance with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers' accidents are sure to happen. In one such a case, a worker recently fell from a scaffold in Onondaga County.
The New York City Buildings Commissioner recently announced new requirements for the number of hours construction workers must spend in safety training. He says most construction workers' accidents are preventable, and the fact that so many injuries and deaths continue to occur underscores the need for additional safety training. Reportedly, changes will become effective in stages over more than two years.