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What Are the Common Causes of Construction Accidents in New York City?

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Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, with a multitude of hazards that can lead to serious accidents and injuries, and in New York City, where the skyline is constantly evolving, construction activity and its accompanying dangers are ever-present. That said, far too many needless construction accidents occur that would never happen if only property owners, builders and developers would take the necessary precautions for safety. Read on to learn about the most common causes of construction accidents in New York City. If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction accident in NYC, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C., for help from a dedicated and experienced New York construction accident attorney.

1. Falls from Heights

One of the leading causes of construction accidents in New York City is falls from heights. Workers often have to perform tasks on scaffolding, ladders, or roofs, where a lack of proper fall protection measures can lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Ensuring that guardrails, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems are in place and properly used is vital for preventing these accidents.

2. Struck-by Object Incidents

Construction sites are bustling with activity, and workers are at risk of being struck by moving objects such as construction vehicles, falling tools, or materials being hoisted. These incidents can result in severe injuries, highlighting the importance of maintaining clear walkways, securing tools and materials, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

3. Electrocutions

Electrical hazards are prevalent on construction sites, with workers exposed to live wires, power lines, and electrical equipment. Electrocutions can occur when safety protocols are not followed, such as failing to de-energize electrical systems before work begins or not using ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Regular safety training and adherence to electrical safety standards are crucial to prevent these accidents.

4. Caught-in/Between Accidents

Workers can be caught in or between equipment, materials, or structures, leading to crushing injuries or amputations. These accidents often occur when safety guards on machinery are missing or when trenches collapse. Implementing proper lockout/tagout procedures and ensuring that trenches are adequately shored can help prevent these types of accidents.

5. Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

Slip, trip and fall accidents are common on construction sites due to uneven surfaces, wet or slippery floors, and debris. These accidents can be prevented by keeping work areas clean, using anti-slip flooring, and providing workers with slip-resistant footwear.

Help With Construction Accident Injury Claims in New York City

Construction accidents in New York City can have devastating consequences for workers and their families, but an experienced construction accident attorney can help you obtain justice and compensation for the harm done. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in NYC, call Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. at 212-889-9362 for a free consultation with a dedicated and successful New York construction accident lawyer.

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