Residents of the Bronx and Queens as well as other areas of New York may want to learn more about the construction accidents that take place in New York City. In the city that never sleeps, construction is king. There is always some construction happening. However, it also is one of the largest causes of accidents in NYC.
According to SpaceCoastDaily, a construction accident happens when a worker is constructing a certain facility, and injury, damage or even death takes place. Some causes might be the following:
- Unstable foundations
- Heavy machinery
- Difficult equipment
In many cases, however, negligence by the worker may contribute to the accident.
They might not have the right training to do the job or work with the equipment. Moreover, they might not be wearing safety equipment as required by regulations. On the other hand, someone, not authorized to work there, might enter a construction zone and get injured.
What are the types of construction injury?
More than 40% of the accidents are from falls from heights. This might include scaffolding, ladders or roofs. Electrocution, caused by faulty wiring, is another big cause of accidents, and most construction requires electrical work for completion.
Toxic chemicals exposure as well as gas leaks and toxic spills take a toll. There may be fires or explosions that result in construction accidents.
A falling object may strike a worker or others. Power tool injuries may be caused by faulty equipment that malfunctions. Another type of injury occurs is when a worker gets trapped between two heavy objects. Hearing damage and eye injuries happen when workers do not wear protective gear, such as goggles or earplugs.
The costs of injuries
Not just affecting the worker, construction accidents affect the whole construction industry. Medical expenses and time away from the job may be issues that affect everyone and incur delays.
Some construction injuries may be preventable through the use of safety protection. Equipment should have regular maintenance, with workers receiving proper training. In fact, you need to be aware of the types of accidents that might happen in construction.