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Recognizing construction site hazards

As a new construction worker, you may not be as familiar with all the hazards of your new job as your more experienced colleagues. As you have seen on new reports, construction zones are dangerous places. Due to the high level of danger, your employer has safety measure in place to adhere to federal and state regulations.

However, even if you take every precaution and always wear the proper personal protective gear, there is always a chance of injury. If you have been injured on the job, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. A local New York personal injury attorney can help with process if you need to file a claim for the first time or appeal a denial. The first step in staying safe on the job is to be aware of potential hazards. Read further for the most common construction site accidents.

Ground hazards

Since there are always materials laying around on the ground of construction sites, workers often slip and trip over obstacles. Try to keep walkways clear and free of objects or substances that could contribute to a fall. If you come across an area that is hazardous, report it to your supervisor immediately.

Falls

Working in construction usually means that at some point you will be dangling from a harness or using scaffolding. Falls can happen often and usually end in severe injuries or death. One of the most common reasons for falls is a lack of guardrails.

Falling objects

Wearing your hard had could be the difference between a mild concussion and a severe brain injury if you get hit in the head by a falling object. However, depending on the object, even your protection gear may not be enough. Fences and barricades can help reduce the objects that might fall from above.

Electrocution

Watch for live and exposed wires, defective machinery, and any other object that might be electrically charged. Be aware of the minimum distance required to clear power lines and report any exposed wires or faulty equipment immediately.

Vehicle accidents

Cranes, dump trucks, tankers, and any other moving vehicle on a construction site can be very hazardous. There should be vehicle-only areas designated with signs or barriers so that you know to stay out of the area.

Construction site accidents can often have devastating effects. If you or someone you love has been injured while on the job in New York, it is essential to understand your rights and options.

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