A new study released by New York City government demonstrates the working hazards of the construction industry. The 2008 Vital Statistics Report evaluated fatal occupational injuries and found that of the 90 deaths at work, 31 of the fatal injuries occurred to people working in a construction job.
New York City also reported that by May 2010, the construction industry has seen 78 injuries and three fatalities this year alone.
Serious Construction Injuries in New York City
Serious injuries and fatalities at constructions sites can occur for a variety of reasons. Construction equipment may malfunction, safety measures may not be followed properly and human error may cause unsafe working conditions.
Construction injuries include the following types of accidents:
- Excavation or soil work injury
- Material fell
- Mechanical construction equipment injury
- Scaffold/shed/fence installation injury
- Worker fell
- Crane or scaffolding collapse
While the there are inherent dangers at construction sites, several steps can help prevent serious injuries and job site fatalities. Personal protective equipment, proper training and education for construction site employees can reduce on the job injuries.
Strengthening Construction Industry Regulations
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) currently regulates the construction industry. OSHA has recently considered stronger regulations for crane and derrick users, including a requirement of licensing for all crane operators. The new proposal was in response to a 2008 crane accident in New York City where a crane fell 30 stories.
Unfortunately, best safety practices are frequently disregarded and construction workers sustain avoidable injuries. An experienced attorney knowledgeable on complex construction accidents can answer your questions after a construction accident and injury. Contact a skilled construction accident lawyer today.