No industry is cited more often for safety violations than the construction industry. Unsurprisingly, construction sites are also among the most dangerous places to work in the United States, accounting for more workplace accidents than any other industry. Here are the seven most common safety violations that contribute to accidents on construction sites:
- Lack of fall protection
- By far the most common safety violation seen on construction sites is a lack of proper fall protection. Given that falls account for about a third of all construction accidents, it would seem reasonable for construction sites to have safety measures in place, such as safety nets or personal arrest systems, to prevent these accidents. However, many construction sites fail to use fall protection, making the risk of a fall injury much more likely.
- Lack of warning signs
- One of the most basic steps that can be taken when a hazard is identified is to post a warning sign, ensuring other people are not surprised by it. Shockingly, thousands of construction sites fail to perform this basic safety measure, committing safety violations in the process. Without warning signs, workers are more likely to become injured in a construction accident.
- Scaffolding violations
- Scaffolding is the term used for any suspended platform that workers perform work from, which is usually built against the side of a building or suspended from above. If done correctly, scaffolding should be properly secured, to prevent it from shaking, tilting, or collapsing while in use. When construction sites fail to secure scaffolding, it results in safety violations that make accidents more likely.
- Lockout/tagout problems
- Many types of equipment used by construction workers run on high voltage systems that can electrocute people who come into contact with them while in use. To avoid this hazard, these types of equipment have so-called “lockout” or “tagout” systems, which mitigate this risk. When construction sites circumvent lockout or tagout systems, they commit safety violations that significantly increase the risk of electrocution.
- Insufficient PPE
- Construction workers require personal protective equipment (PPE) to help guard them against many of the hazards they face on the job. Employers are supposed to provide PPE, like safety goggles, insulated gloves, and hardhats, to keep their workers safe from these hazards. Unfortunately, a number of construction contractors fail to properly provide PPE to their workers, violating safety regulations in the process.
- Problems with ladders
- One of the more surprisingly common safety violations involves ladders. These common tools on construction sites are carefully regulated, determining how and when they can be used, how much weight they can support, and how they need to be maintained. Unfortunately, many construction sites use ladders inappropriately, or fail to maintain them properly, increasing the risk of injury to workers using these ladders.
- Construction vehicle violations
- Construction sites often have many vehicles on them, including trucks, bulldozers, cranes, wrecking balls, and cement mixers, among others. These vehicles must be used carefully, and must be appropriately stored when not in use. When construction companies are careless with these vehicles, it increases the risk of collisions and other accidents that can result in severe injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while working on the job, it’s important to get the legal representation you need to remedy the situation and get compensation for the harm you and your loved ones have suffered. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC are experienced in representing New York City and Long Island residents in construction site and other workplace accident cases. To schedule a free consultation, contact our New York City construction accident lawyers at (212) 687-2777 or for our Long Island construction accident lawyers call (516) 294-8282.