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How Can Construction Accidents Be Prevented?

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While many construction accidents are unavoidable, a shocking number of them happen due to preventable causes. Often, these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of construction contractors or construction site owners, who fail to do what they are supposed to do to protect workers from harm. Here are just some of the ways that construction accidents might be prevented:

 

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What Are "Caught-In/Between" Accidents?

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Construction sites are, statistically speaking, some of the most dangerous places to work. One unusually common source of injury often seen on construction sites, but rarely elsewhere, is what is known as a “caught-in/between” accidents. What are these types of injuries, and why are they so common on construction sites?

 

Defining Caught-In/Between Accidents

 

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Falling Injuries in NYC Construction Industry Increase in 2021

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Falling injuries have always been one of the greatest dangers that construction workers face on the job. Statistically speaking, falls account for more construction injuries than any other, with only a handful of other causes even coming close. Unfortunately, this year has proven to be worse than last year, as the number of fall injuries has already surpassed those which occurred in 2020.

The Dangers of Falling Injuries

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Five Ways Construction Contractors Endanger Their Employees

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Construction contractors have a legal duty to their employees to ensure they are adequately protected from foreseeable sources of harm. Far too often, contractors will be too lax with adherence to proper safety protocols, putting the lives of construction workers at risk. Here are five ways construction contractors commonly put the lives of their workers in danger:

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Why Falling is the Most Common Source of Workplace Injuries

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There is no type of harm more common in American workplaces than falling injuries. This includes people who fall from an elevated height, as well as people who simply trip or slip and fall while walking around. These injuries are often serious, with more than 240,000 people every year needing to take time off work from falling, and nearly 900 people dying as a result of their injuries. But why is falling such a common cause of workplace injuries?

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Seven Common Safety Violations Seen on Construction Sites

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Workplace safety regulations exist to protect workers from the most likely sources of harm, reducing the risk of on-the-job injuries. Given how risky it can be, these sorts of regulations are more important in the construction industry than almost anywhere else. Unfortunately, employers do not always adhere to these regulations, putting their workers in unnecessary danger. Here are seven of the most common safety regulations seen on construction sites:

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Seven Signs of Potential Negligence by Construction Contractors

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In construction, a contractor typically refers to a company that is hired to build, remodel, repair, restore, or demolish a building. Along with the people who own the construction site, they are the ones primarily responsible for ensuring that it is safe to go forward with construction. Thus, they are also often one of the primary culprits when something goes wrong, and someone gets hurt. Here are seven signs a construction contractor may have been negligent when someone is injured on a construction site:

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Five Ways Negligence Can Lead to Accidents on Construction Sites

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All construction site owners and contractors are obligated to ensure conditions on the site are safe, and to take reasonable precautions against likely sources of harm. However, not everyone does what they are supposed to, and the result of their negligence is that construction workers are more likely to get hurt. Here are five ways in which negligence by construction site owners or contractors can result in accidents:

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Five Reasons for Caught-In/Between Accidents

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Although not as common as some other kinds of construction site accidents, so-called “caught-in/between” accidents are more frequent than most people think. These accidents occur where a worker is caught under a large, heavy object, or is caught inside such an object, such as might happen during a wall or floor collapse, or when being caught by machinery or equipment. It is the fourth most common cause of work-related fatalities on construction sites, ranking only beneath electrocutions, being struck by objects, and falling.

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Beware the “Fatal Four” of Construction Accidents

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps track of all occupational injuries and deaths that occur on the job, and according to them, the deadliest of all professions is construction. The construction industry accounts for more than a fifth of all on-the-job accidents in the United States, with an average of twenty on-the-job fatalities every year in New York City alone. And in construction, most fatal accidents can be attributed to four causes, which OSHA has dubbed the “Fatal Four:” falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between accidents.

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