According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 6.5 million people work at more than 252,000 construction sites across the country on a daily basis, and slips, trips and falls are one of the primary causes of injuries and fatalities at these job sites.
When a slipping, tripping or falling accident is the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of a construction company, general contractor, construction site supervisor or other party, the injured worker may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim in addition to a workers' compensation claim.
Block O'Toole & Murphy is a premier New York personal injury law firm with an outstanding record of results. Our New York attorneys for slips, trips and falls have obtained more than 300 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million dollars* for injured individuals throughout the state. Providing aggressive advocacy and personalized attention, we are here to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.
Preventing Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Accidents on Construction Sites
OSHA states that "using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems can prevent many deaths and injuries from falls." Here are a few of OSHA's safety recommendations and standards for preventing slips, trips and falls on unsafe floors:
- Keep stairways and walkways FREE of debris and dangerous materials.
- Immediately correct slippery conditions on stairways and walkways.
- Ensure that treads cover the entire step and landing.
- Have a minimum of one handrail on a stairway with four or more risers or one rising more than 30 inches.
- To protect construction workers near the edges of roofs, erect guardrails with toeboards and warning lines or install control line systems.
- Cover all floor holes.
- Use safety net systems or fall arrest systems such as body harnesses.
Contact Our Attorneys for Workplace Falls in New York
Were you injured or was a loved one killed by a negligence-related slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident on a New York City construction site? If so, do not hesitate to schedule a FREE consultation with Block O'Toole & Murphy today. Call us at 212-736-5300, or contact our lawyers online.
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