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Avoiding a fatal construction site fall

New York construction sites are plentiful these days, from Essex Crossing and Manhattan West to Bronx Point and Flushing Commons. Although these projects are huge, construction injuries can affect you, no matter how large or small the site. At Belovin Franzblau & Associates, P.C., we have more than 45 years of experience filing third-party injury claims for negligence, faulty equipment and unsafe workspace.

ConstructConnect, Inc. reports that there are four primary safety hazards responsible for worker fatalities on a construction site, with fall hazards being the most common cause of death. Improper scaffolding construction or ladder use, unprotected openings and edges account for the majority of falls. OSHA requires protection if you are working higher than six feet and when completing tasks above dangerous machinery and equipment.

There are different methods of fall protection that can help keep you safe. Guardrails are ideal for scaffolding work, openings such as uncovered elevator shafts and skylights as well as unprotected edges. Guidelines require that they are between 39 and 45 inches above the surface. The rails must also be able to withstand between 150 and 200 pounds of force.

When using safety nets, they should be as close to your workspace as is reasonable for the site conditions. They must be no more than 30 feet below the work area and extend at least eight feet horizontally. 

Personal fall arrest systems include a full-body harness, connecting device and anchorage. Ensure they are damage-free by inspecting them before each use.

OSHA provides formulas and guidelines that help keep workers safe when on the job. If you sustained injuries due to inadequate safety precautions, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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