Falls can occur at every height.
With a rise in the development of high-rise buildings, many workers are fearful of falling from a great height. However, studies show that many falls happen at less than 30 feet.
Even at this distance, a fall may result in death or serious injuries. It is important to always maintain safe working conditions at every height and not become complacent. Since almost 85 percent of falls occur at less than 30 feet, be aware at all times.
Use fall protection gear.
According to a study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 9,141 construction fall accidents, most were not using fall protection gear.
Fall protection gear should be provided by an employer and should always be worn because it can save lives. In addition, proper training should be provided to employees on how to use it. According to the study, many workers believe using the fall protection gear slows them down and makes them unable to meet employer deadlines for projects, which is why they do not utilize the gear.
Contractors are most at risk.
According to the study, specialty trade contractors working on low-budget commercial or residential projects were most at risk of danger.
Construction accidents cost billions of dollars.
According to experts, throughout the United States, the cost of construction-related accidents cost billions of dollars. In addition, providing fall protection gear to employees may be an added expense upfront, however, it saves money long term by reducing the number of accident-related injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, there is no time to waste in securing representation to pursue the just compensation you deserve. New York has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The construction accident lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have 60 years of experience handling personal injury claims in New York City, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and the surrounding areas. Contact our New York City and Long Island personal injury law office at (212) 687-2777.