With an average of 12 to 20+ construction site fatalities annually in New York State, on top of thousands of injuries, it’s worth understanding the circumstances around these tragic incidents. In far too many job site accidents, an absence of effective safety equipment can be listed as a key factor in the incident. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in a senseless construction site accident, securing the services of a local attorney with experience in personal injury and wrongful death would be a good idea.
Protective Equipment Saves Lives
- Adequate eye protection: Safety goggles–not simply prescription eyewear or sunglasses–are essential on the worksite. Eye injuries are often serious and irreversible. In fact, there are thousands of cases of workers being blinded due to injuries at work that could and should have been prevented by wearing protective goggles or a face shield. These accidents alone add up to over $300 million in costs related to medical care, workers’ compensation, and production losses.
- Adequate ear protection: Dangerous noise levels have the potential to cause ear damage to over 20 million construction workers annually. Nearly $250 million is spent on workers’ compensation claims each year to address hearing loss. That’s in addition to the millions of businesses pay out in penalties and fines after failing to protect their workers from dangerous levels of noise.
- Respiratory protection: Workers are often needlessly exposed to toxic substances that respirators could prevent. Air purifying devices removes these hazards from breathing air, whereas atmosphere-supplying devices send safe air into workers from an external source. Failure to provide this technology when dangerous substances could potentially be released into the air could result in serious illnesses and/or death.
- High visibility clothing: With the hustle and bustle of a job site, sometimes it becomes challenging to see where workers are. Equipping them with highly visible clothing such as fluorescent safety vests, hardhats, pants, and jackets can prevent collisions, crushing accidents, and more.
- Foot protection: Workers on construction sites should be equipped with steel-toed boots that are designed to protect feet and ankles. They can provide protection from numerous hazards, from stepping on nails and other sharp objects to falling objects.
Employers are expected to provide reasonably safe working conditions, even at construction sites, where there are many inherent dangers. By providing proper safety equipment, supervision, and monitoring, employers can defuse many potential accidents on the job site. If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries or death as a result of negligence at the worksite, the aggressive team at Falkowitz Law Firm in Garden City knows just how to proceed. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation and get Gary working for you by calling 844-GET-GARY today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.