Construction jobs are among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. These workers face many dangers as they perform their many job duties.
One of the biggest threats to construction workers is the possibility of being struck on the head or elsewhere by a falling object.
In December, a New York City construction was killed after he was hit in the head by a piece of scaffolding on a construction site. There are many examples in the news of construction workers being seriously injured or killed when being struck in the head by an object.
What can be done on construction sites to prevent such accidents?
- Keep the worksite clean: Debris and left objects on a worksite can be a ticking time bomb on a construction site. Debris nets and screens can be used to help catch random falling objects, but having objects laying around should be avoided.
- Wear protective gear: Workers should wear hard hats, safety goggles, and other protective gear when working on a construction site.
- Be on alert: Construction workers should avoid working in areas where work is being performed above them.
More safety information can be found on the OSHA Worker Safety Series: Construction.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a worksite is safe, following safety protocols and ensuring that safety regulations are met. However, employers and workers must work together to prevent dangerous falling object accidents on worksites.
Workplace accident victims (or surviving family members) can pursue compensation through the workers’ compensation process. If a third party was responsible for a worksite accident, the victim may also be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim. In New York, injured construction workers can also pursue a claim against the owner of the building and the general contractor, even if these parties were not at fault.
In any case, it is advisable for construction workers to work with an experienced injury attorney.