Be Careful When Working at a Construction Site

Posted April 29th, 2016 by .

Categories: Workers Compensation.

construction site accident anthony carboneWarmer weather means a lot of things in New Jersey. More people are enjoying activities outside. You see more people on bikes, walking on the streets, just enjoying the fresh air after being inside all winter long. You’ll also notice that more construction projects beginning around town. That’s right, it’s construction season here in the Northeast and the risk of injury increases.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014. Of those killed, 20.5 percent were in construction. That means one in five worker deaths in 2014 were construction workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified these four types of accidents, calling them the “Fatal Four,” as the leading causes for deaths in construction workers:

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Struck by an object
  • Caught-in/between

The BLS estimates that if these four accidents were eliminated, 508 workers’ lives would be saved every year. Unfortunately, the most frequently cited OSHA standards violated by construction sites can lead to these types of accidents.

Since it is such a dangerous industry to work in, how can construction workers stay safe at their job? Here’s a few tips for workers to keep in mind:

  • Get proper training on equipment
  • Watch out for any live wires
  • Double-check your work areas. For instance, make sure scaffolds and ladders are secure before getting on them.
  • Make sure equipment is in good condition and there’s no wear and tear on the machine.
  • Wear protective clothing such as gloves and eyewear

If you are a construction worker in New Jersey and you get into a construction site accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Before sending in a claim, make sure you have an experienced lawyer check it out. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.

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