Construction has a long-established reputation as the most fatal of all U.S. industries. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, at least 4,679 construction workers died in 2014. These sites are littered with hazards – from exposed wires to falling objects and heavy machinery.
Construction employees can reduce the likelihood of a serious injury or death by using the appropriate safety gear. Unfortunately, not all worksite supervisors ensure that this equipment is available, which often leads to preventable injuries.
If you were the victim of a construction site accident, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A personal-injury attorney in New York City can gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations. We also have the litigation experience to find success in court.
Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit http://workers-compensation.usattorneys.com/new-york/ to learn more about workers’ compensation claims in New York.
Here are four safety items that could save your life on a construction site:
Amputation of the fingers is particularly common on construction sites. Safety gloves can protect your digits from burns and cuts, as well as crushing and impaling.
You should invest in a comfortable pair of gloves that were designed for your specific job. Different gloves are available for insulation, welding and other tasks.
- Face and Eye Masks
Any job with a high risk of damaging your eyes requires a facemask or at least safety glasses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2,000 workers seek medical attention for eye injuries every day. Some victims suffer permanent blindness. In certain cases, the law requires companies to make sure that eye protection equipment is available.
Hardhats are compulsory on construction sites – and for good reason. Equipment and materials can fall from significant heights and cause debilitating head injuries.
- Protective Footwear
High-quality, protective shoes are essential on construction sites. You should purchase comfortable footwear with enhanced grip, slip-resistance, metal toes and a puncture-proof design.
The appropriate footwear can also prevent ankle fractures or crushed bones from heavy machinery. In serious cases, employees cannot return to work for several weeks or months. The medical bills and lost income cost a veritable fortune.
What steps should you take after a construction accident?
If you were injured while performing work-related duties, there are several steps you should take to protect your interests. Report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible. Also, take photos of the hazard that caused the injury. See a doctor immediately, and contact an accident lawyer.
If you were injured on a construction site, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York City personal-injury attorney can evaluate your accident to determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
Our lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal-injury claims in New York. Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a free initial consultation.