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“Struck By” Injuries and Deaths
Construction workers are at very high risk of “struck by” injuries and deaths. The prevalence of heavy equipment, vehicles, and building materials on construction sites result in a large number of unsafe work environments and worker fatalities. If you are concerned your workplace does not give workers adequate protection and safety training, a qualified New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you.
Workers are in particular danger of falling objects when they are positioned beneath
scaffolding or cranes, or where there is overhead work being performed. There is also danger of flying objects where power tools are being used and workers are pushing or pulling objects that may result in other objects becoming airborne. General safety tips that minimize injuries include always wearing a hardhat and safely stacking materials to prevent them from sliding or collapsing unexpectedly. Safety goggles or face shields are a must at all times to shield you from flying particles and small objects, and equipment should always be inspected to ensure that protective guards are in place.
When working with cranes and hoists, care should be taken to avoid standing underneath them while loads are being moved, and that lifting capacity is not exceeded at any time. In any area where such work is being performed, hazard areas should be barricaded and warning signs posted around, and where possible use debris nets and catch platforms to catch falling objects.
If you suspect your workplace is engaging in unsafe working practices or not protecting its employees, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo for a free consultation.