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    Construction Site Safety Advice from a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Staying Safe On the Job

    Construction may be one of the most rewarding careers, but it is also one of the most dangerous. With work environments as diverse as residential construction, roadway work, excavation and demolition, there are many activities that put workers at risk of accident and injury. Statistically speaking, accidents that occur on construction sites represent roughly twenty percent of all worker fatalities in the United States, with the leading causes of death including falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and getting caught in between two objects. These four types of injuries account for more than half of construction worker deaths, and many injuries. Though those who work in construction may define their responsibilities in terms of their job titles, one of their primary tasks on a daily basis is simply staying safe on the job. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are dedicated to protecting the rights of construction workers and all those who are injured as a result if negligence. Here is some construction site safety advice from our experienced personal injury lawyers.

    1. Be prepared with first aid supplies. Though it may be too cumbersome for every construction worker to carry a first aid kit with them, it is incumbent upon those who supervise construction worksites to make sure that these supplies are readily available and easily accessible so that cuts, burns, and other injuries can be treated immediately.
    2. Protective apparel. As important as being able to treat an injury is having the necessary gear to protect against it. This gear is dependent upon the exact type of work that you are engaged in, but can include a helmet that fits well, protective eyewear or gloves, ear protection for those who work in high-noise environments, and anti-slip footwear.
    3. Be aware of electricity. With electrocution being one of the “fatal four” incidents in construction, it is essential that you are mindful of where electricity is and that you are vigilant about wear and tear in equipment and lines. Devices that are portable should always be grounded and their cables protected and their power supply should have an earth leakage circuit breaker. Water should never come into contact with electrical tools.
    4. Be aware of what is above you. Never stand beneath a heavy suspended load, and always make sure that if anybody is working above you you are wearing protective headgear.
    5. Check to make sure that your workplace is secure. With falls being the leading cause of death on construction sites, it is essential that scaffolding is secure and ladders are stable and strong, and whenever possible are fastened down or being held in place.

    Workplace injuries are common, and often are preventable. In many cases they are the result of negligence on the part of third parties or contractors that are working on your site. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are able to help you analyze your accident to determine whether it involved negligence, and to help you get the compensation you deserve if it was.

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