Motor vehicle accidents are a constant source of potential harm, with tens of thousands of people injured across New York State every year due to auto accidents. While the vast majority of these happen on open roads or highways, a surprising number occur in workplaces, particularly on construction sites. But what is it about construction sites that leads to so many vehicular accidents?
One of the most basic tenets of personal injury law is that people are responsible for injuries that happen on their property, if those injuries are the result of their negligence. While this may seem simple in theory, in practice it can be difficult to determine who is at fault in certain accidents, such as when people fall from a ladder. But how do you determine if you are legally liable from someone falling from a ladder on your property?
When talking about workplace injuries, the focus is most often on some of the more obvious causes, such as falling accidents, vehicular accidents, and electrocutions. However, one common factor in many of these other accidents is overexertion. But what exactly is overexertion, and how does it lead to so many workplace injuries?
As more people return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic, there is a greater focus on keeping safe in the workplace. Even without COVID-related concerns, though, work environments often pose a high risk of potential injury for employees. Here are five things you should keep in mind when you are looking to keep yourself safe in the post-COVID-19 workplace: Continue reading “Keeping Yourself Safe in the Workplace”
Every year, thousands of people across New York are injured or sickened as a result of their jobs. While the unique hazard of COVID-19 has made many jobs more dangerous, the fact is that some of the most dangerous jobs have been that way for a very long time. Here are seven of the most dangerous professions in New York, based on the rate of on-the-job illness and injury: Continue reading “Seven of the Most Dangerous Professions in New York”
Construction contractors are the companies that are brought in to perform all manner of construction projects, from ground-up construction projects, to renovations, to demolitions. Contractors often employ scores of workers to assist in their construction projects, and they have important responsibilities to ensure conditions on the work site are safe. When they are negligent in those responsibilities, their employees are much more likely to get hurt. Here are five duties construction contractors have on a work site: Continue reading “Five Responsibilities of Construction Contractors”
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was created with the intention of preventing workers from getting injured while on the job. However, tens of thousands of people are injured in their workplace every year, due in no small part to people who violate OSHA regulations and other laws intended to protect worker safety. Here are five common reasons workers suffer preventable injuries on the job: Continue reading “Five Ways Workers Suffer Preventable Injuries On the Job”
Construction sites can be one of the most dangerous job sites for both construction workers and pedestrians passing by them on the street. They are known to account for the majority percentage of work related deaths each year. Large machinery, hazardous chemicals, and staggering heights contribute to the long list of dangerous accidents that form this high-risk work environment. Continue reading “The 5 Most Common Accidents at Construction Sites”
Construction site owners and contractors are supposed to take steps to make sure their employees are protected against foreseeable harm. Not everyone does what they are supposed to, though, and the result is that construction workers are much more likely to get hurt. Here are seven warning signs you can look for to know if your construction site is safe, or if someone in charge is being negligent: Continue reading “Seven Warning Signs of Negligence on a Construction Site”
There are few professions more dangerous than construction, and in construction, electrocution ranks as one of the top hazards. Electrocution can cause pain, numbness, burns, muscle weakness, stiffness, and paralysis, which can either be temporary or permanent. It would thus stand to reason that construction workers, employers and construction site owners would want to take whatever steps they need to ensure electrocutions do not happen. Nevertheless, thousands of construction workers are injured every year by electrocutions, and here are four major reasons why: