Cold weather is here, and icy conditions won't be far behind. If you work in New York construction, you may find yourself exposed in the wind and rain on a scaffold before long. Unfortunately, falls still cause the most deaths in construction each year. There are steps you can take, however, to make sure you get back to the ground safely:
Recently, construction workers for the Hudson Yards project, a 28-acre mega development in Manhattan, were allegedly seen drinking alcohol over their lunch break at a nearby pub.
All five New York boroughs see a massive increase in construction throughout the summer months. In a short time, skilled construction workers create and amend essential buildings. Exteriors and roofs may require the use of scaffolding—putting you at risk while you’re elevated above a construction site.
As a construction worker you put yourself at risk of injury every day at work. Hundreds of construction workers are injured each year in New York, like the 435 injured or killed in 2015.
Ask a sample of young girls what they dream of doing when they grow up, and you will likely hear a wide variety of answers, ranging from “princess” to “teacher” to “doctor” to “professional athlete.” In all likelihood, however, “construction worker” will not be among the answers given.
With summer quickly approaching, the hot weather months offer construction workers new challenges. Construction work-sites are hazardous by nature, but new difficulties arise when the weather changes and work zones are outside. A good way to avoid the trouble of workers compensation and personal injury claims is to know how to avoid accidents in the first place.
Falls continue to be the number one cause of injuries and fatalities for New York construction workers. Construction is by nature a hazardous line of work. Workers are exposed to various safety threats, however working from heights continues to result in more deaths and injuries than anything else in the trade.
NYCOSH report has mixed news for New York City and the rest of the state
Construction in the Big Apple is endlessly apparent as tower cranes are visible amongst skyscrapers and pedestrians dart under scaffolding. The ongoing building boom since 2012 has lead to more construction jobs. The growth and development means more jobs for construction workers but unfortunately construction injuries and deaths have risen as well.
Construction is tough, dangerous work - even when the weather is cooperating. It becomes all the more hazardous during a harsh winter like this one. Extreme temperatures, bitter winds and fewer daylight hours make for treacherous working conditions.