A construction worker is alive following a scaffold accident in Kips Bay. “Thankfully, the worker used adequate safety precautions,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York construction accident law firms.
“Something as simple as a safety harness and rope can make all the difference in the event of a scaffold accident in New York.” The construction worker dangled six stories above the sidewalk, held by only his safety harness and a rope. He had lost his balance and toppled over the edge of a suspended scaffold, reported the New York Post. (12/13/2011).
Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 751 construction workers died on the job, with 35 percent of those fatalities resulting from falls. Nearly 2.3 million construction workers often work on scaffolds, reported OSHA.
Protecting these workers from scaffold-related construction accidents would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities annually. Fall arrest systems, safety nets, guardrails, covers and restraint systems can prevent many construction accident injuries and deaths from falls, said OSHA. “Training is one of the most important requirements to prevent falls from scaffolding in New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law, said.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or scaffold fall on the job, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm.