Occupational Health and Safety has published an excellent guide on avoiding falls that ought to be required reading for just about every construction worker and contractor. New York construction accident lawyers might want to take a look as well.
While the guide is of most use to those in charge of coordinating construction site safety, every worker at a site should be aware of the safety measures that should be in place for their protection. Armed with that knowledge, workers may be in a better position to request equipment such as safety nets or proper harnesses.
The guide itself covers a broad swath of safety concerns, from fall prevention (properly covering holes and training workers) to fall mitigation (installation of safety nets and supplying the right kind of harness). Most of the tips seem fairly obvious, but, as construction accident lawyers in New York know all too well, obvious measures can prevent most accidents.
Unfortunately, employers often do not take basic, common sense steps such as ensuring that multilingual safety training is available to workers who do not speak or read English. If ignorance is preventing them from implementing these sorts of programs, reading this guide will be a great first step in their education.
But ignorance, as any New York construction accident lawyer is aware, is just one reason employers neglect the safety of their workers. This guide may sway a few of the employers who have made a conscious decision to skimp on construction site safety to save money, but it is unlikely to affect many.