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Filing a claim after a construction accident

The construction industry poses a wide range of hazards to employees. In New York, workers can be at risk for everything from repetitive motion injuries to electrocution to exposure to dangerous chemicals. OSHA has regulations in place to help prevent such accidents. The agency requires employers to provide safe equipment, remove potential hazards and provide safety training.

However, employers, property managers and contractors may fail to implement these regulations. If such negligence leads to an accident, victims may be able to file a construction injury claim. The initial steps are to receive the proper medical treatment and write to the employer reporting the injury. Keeping a copy of all records is essential.

Some tips for working at height

Brooklyn construction often involves building up as much as it does building out. This forces workers to spend lots of time on scaffolding.

Working at height isn’t something everyone can do. It takes patience and know-how to work safely from great heights. Here are a few things to think about before you get back onto a scaffold:

How marijuana can impact worker safety

New York state is seriously considering legalizing recreational marijuana. If this occurs, it could result in safety concerns for employers in many different industries. In 2016, more than 4,600 people who worked in the private sector died while on the job. Roughly 20 percent of those who died worked in the construction industry according to the Department of Labor (DOL). In addition, employers are worried that those who fail drug tests will need to be sent home.

This could result in a shortage of available workers who can do their job well and with safety in mind. Ultimately, an employer could lose money or face delays in completing a project. If a worker gets into an accident after using marijuana, it could result in an increase in workers' compensation claims. This added cost could compound the problems caused by a lack of productivity from those who may use the substance outside of work.

Scaffolding regulations: an overview

OSHA estimates that 65 percent of construction workers frequently use scaffolding. Scaffolding accidents are all too common and result in some of the most serious injuries in the industry. This is why construction employers will want to make sure they comply with OSHA regulations and know what New York labor laws have to say regarding liability.

OSHA regulations are clear about the design and construction of scaffolds in addition to their capacity. Each scaffold and scaffold component must be able to support its own weight in addition to at least four times the maximum intended load. Suspension ropes must support at least six times the maximum intended load.

4 common causes of scaffold injuries

Being on scaffolding is a very common part of construction work. Many of the construction workers here in New York do work tasks on supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds or scaffold-like equipment (such as aerial lifts).

Unfortunately, workers sometimes suffer injuries while on these structures. Scaffolding injuries can have major implications for a worker’s life and future. So, getting fair compensation to help cope with these ramifications can be very important for victims of such injuries.

Report confirms increase in New York construction accidents

2018 has been a fruitful year for the Big Apple’s construction industry. From January to May, New York had a building boom and had activity worth over $15 billion, which is almost double the amount of the second place in construction starts, Dallas-Fort Worth.

Unfortunately, the extra amount of money and projects the state had in 2018 also saw an increase in construction accidents and fatalities. The New York City Department of Buildings recently put out the state’s monthly accident details from January to July of this year to examine how much more fatalities the state is experiencing this year.

New York construction worker struck by scaffolding

The New York City construction worker is one of the iconic images of the American working class. These hard-working individuals are the backbone that keeps the city standing upright, as well as the force that keeps it expanding. Construction is a physical job that carries an element of risk with it at every turn. And while safety is always a key concern on a jobsite, accidents do happen.

That was the scene earlier this summer in Morningside Heights, a neighborhood in Manhattan. According to NBC New York, construction worker Angel Ezpinoza was repairing the façade of a building at Columbia University when a piece of scaffolding came loose. The piping dropped 12 stories before fatally striking him.

Falling accidents haven’t decreased over time

When a business faces a deadly problem, common sense says that it would quickly find a way to keep its workers safe. However, the construction industry has not yet achieved this feat.

Falling from ladders, scaffolding or roofs can cause serious injuries for construction workers. In many cases, a falling accident could prove fatal. Despite these high stakes, falling accidents have remained the leading cause of construction-related fatalities throughout the years.

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