As a construction worker or laborer of any kind, you more than likely will be using equipment, tools and machinery in order to complete your job properly. If the proper safety measures and gear are not in use, or there is a defect with a tool, a worker can sustain serious injuries.
Construction sites can be dangerous, especially in a place full of skyscrapers, like New York City. There is a significant danger that falling objects will cause serious harm when construction is being done on buildings that are several stories tall. Cranes, platforms or scaffolding collapsing and falling from hundreds of feet up can create devastating accidents down below. Even small objects, like a dropped power tool or shard of glass, can cause serious injury.
If you work on a construction site in New York City, you know firsthand the pressures that contractors and subcontractors face. You also know that working conditions are complex and, when an accident occurs, it can be difficult to tell exactly why it happened and whose fault it really was.
A 40-year-old man is dead after a crane collapsed in Midtown this morning. The construction accident occurred as a boom crane was transported via truck. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 76 percent of crane accidents involve mobile or tower cranes - like the one at the scene today.
A Lower East Side construction worker was digging a 12-foot hole Wednesday when it suddenly collapsed, temporarily burying his entire body. Fellow workers and emergency responders worked for approximately one hour to free him. The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, but many other construction workers in similar situations have perished.
Falling objects are one of the deadliest causes of construction accidents in the U.S., causing 82 deaths in 2013. Just last week, an accident in Jersey City exemplified the danger a falling tool presents.
This time of year, it is difficult to go anywhere in the city without encountering construction sites. Of course, construction foremen and government regulators ensure that these zones are safe for residents, pedestrians and motorists, right?