According to data collected by OSHA, a majority of construction accidents occur during the warmer months of summer. This makes sense. Warm weather provides optimal conditions for construction materials and eliminates the additional problems that can be caused by cold and wet worksites. However, some dangers may be present during wintertime construction that pose risks not present during the warmer seasons, making it important that construction workers practice enhanced safety if they plan on working through the winter.
Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the biggest threats posed by winter construction projects is slip and fall accidents. The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States, slip and fall accidents can also result in broken bones, spinal cord injury, and even death. Construction companies owe a duty to their employees to ensure safe worksites. Failure to do so can open them up to legal action.
In addition to slip and fall accidents, issues that may result in serious or fatal injury during wintertime construction include:
- Improper ventilation
- Lack of heat sources
- Mechanical failures
- Electrical problems
- Insufficient safety equipment
When you are injured or a loved one dies on a construction site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This program is designed to help injured workers get the money they need to recover and get back to work. It does not cover things like pain and suffering, however.
If you are an independent contractor who sustained an injury due to unsafe wintertime construction conditions, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Contractors cannot file for workers’ compensation, but they are eligible to take legal action when injured through someone else’s negligence. During your free consultation at our Fishkill office, Attorney Maurer will review the facts of your case to help you determine which course of action will be most useful for your needs.
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Have you been injured on the job? Call the Fishkill office or Ira M. Maurer at 845-896-5295 to schedule your complimentary case review right away. Attorney Maurer serves victims of workplace injury living in Poughkeepsie and all surrounding areas of New York.