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What are the most accident-prone equipment in construction sites?

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Construction Accidents

New York’s skyline is a testament to progress, with construction projects constantly reshaping the urban landscape. Behind the scenes, skilled workers and heavy machinery work in tandem to bring these architectural visions to life. However, these tools and machines can pose significant risks if not handled with proper care and maintained regularly.

What construction equipment is prone to accidents?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified which equipment frequently causes workplace accidents. These types of machinery can range from heavy equipment to the smallest hand tool. It includes the following:

  • Cranes: Towering above the cityscape, cranes pose a significant risk. Their sheer size and the weight of their loads make any mishap potentially catastrophic. Crane incidents may result in collapses, falls or falling objects striking unsuspecting workers.
  • Forklifts: While smaller, forklifts are no less dangerous. These construction workhorses can easily tip over or collide with workers if not handled properly.
  • Excavators and backhoes: With powerful digging capabilities, excavators and backhoes can cause serious harm if operators aren’t vigilant. Workers may be struck by the equipment, crushed between objects or injured due to equipment rollovers.
  • Scaffolding: Scaffolding, a necessity for working at heights, becomes a hazard when not properly maintained or used. Falls from heights and collapses are common incidents associated with scaffoldings.
  • Power tools: Power tools like nail guns and saws, while essential for the job, can cause severe injuries instantly. Common injuries include cuts, punctures and electrocution.

To reduce the risk of these incidents and promote a safer work environment, workers must undergo proper training. Personnel must also strictly follow safety protocols on construction sites. These can minimize the number of accidents and ensure the well-being of all workers involved in construction projects.

Seeking legal assistance

Injuries sustained on construction sites can be severe. These injuries can sometimes lead to life-altering consequences. Such injuries may affect not only workers but their loved ones as well. When injured, workers must understand their rights and seek legal assistance. A legal professional with a background in workers’ compensation may guide workers through the process, ensuring they receive the full benefits they’re entitled to under New York law. They may help determine liability and advocate for fair compensation.