Scaffolds are convenient because they allow for the creation of a stable work area where construction workers can access difficult-to-reach areas. However, because they elevate workers so high above the ground, they're also quite dangerous.
The American Society of Safety Professionals recently released a report highlighting ways in which employers can both improve worker productivity and reduce their injuries. In their report, the researchers chronicled how employers can decrease their employees' risk of getting hurt simply by having them put on wearable technology while on the clock to monitor their fatigue levels.
When you visit a work site, you'll often see every construction worker wearing a hard hat. If they aren't, then they're violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Employers in certain industries in the United States are required by law to provide all of their workers with a hard hat for their own protection.
Data published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 shows that construction workers only account for as little as 5 percent of those who work in New York City. Despite this, 27 percent of them die on the job. There are some clear statistics regarding when and why these incidents occur.
Last week, the Health Department revealed that since 2012, over 1,000 children living in New York City public housing have tested positive for lead poisoning. The DOH stated that while the rate of pediatric lead poisoning within private housing has declined, the rate within public housing has remained static.
Scaffolding at a Upper Manhattan construction site fell 12 stories onto the head of a 28-year-old worker on the afternoon of Thursday, July 12. The man had been working on a Riverside Drive high-rise in Morningside Heights at the time that he was struck by the support beam. The Staten Island man died upon arrival at the hospital.
New York City is constantly under construction, as any New Yorker will tell you. Scaffolds everywhere, sidewalks blocked off or rerouted, concrete barriers redirecting traffic and workers trying to do their jobs amid hazardous conditions. The price for all this constant renovation, unfortunately, is all-too-frequent workplace injuries. You probably know that you're eligible for workers' compensation after an accident on a job site. What you might not know is that you may be eligible for much more.
A construction site is filled with hazards that must be expertly navigated by the men and women who work at them. Even though there are some very serious hazards, there are just as many safety procedures and protocols to help keep these hard workers safe. Unfortunately, not all construction companies require employees to use these safety procedures.
Construction sites must be safe spaces for workers who are doing the job. When there are safety violations, workers might think that something is going to happen to them while they are just trying to earn a living. Tragically, these safety violations can sometimes lead to worker deaths.
Construction accidents can lead to some very serious injuries. Anyone who is in the construction industry should take the steps necessary to keep themselves safe. Unfortunately, worker safety sometimes relies on the policies and equipment provided by the employers.