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Can employees prevent construction workers' accidents?

Every member of the workforce in New York faces injury risks regardless of their occupations. Much has been said about the number of construction workers' accidents that occur in this state, and safety authorities are continuously working on setting standards that will prevent injuries and deaths. However, construction workers can play an essential part in their own safety by taking some precautions.

Training is the place to start with preventing occupational injuries. Awareness of potential safety hazards, how to recognize them and how to deal with them are crucial requirements in the quest to stay safe. Always wearing the personal protective equipment that is appropriate for the job being done is another vital ingredient in self-preservation. That includes hard hats, eye and ear protection, face shields when necessary, safety gloves and steel-toed boots along with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Workers can avoid same-level falls by cleaning up spills and debris immediately. Anyone working at elevated levels must wear a fall harness that is in perfect working order and without tears, rips or frayed edges. Comprehensive knowledge of the proper use of fall protection is essential and so is a thorough inspection of all the hooks and clips used for anchoring. Furthermore, ladders and scaffolds must be scrutinized for damage and instabilities before the start of every shift, and compliance with regulated clearances below overhead power cables is crucial.

Workers who approach every task with safety in mind will be able to identify potential hazards and find ways to mitigate them. However, construction workers' accidents will likely continue to occur, and employees might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program will cover their medical expenses and lost wages. Some injured workers in New York choose to utilize the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist with the complicated claims process.

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