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Construction Accidents and Lack of Safety Equipment

Construction Accidents and Safety Equipment

Posted on: March 1, 2017

A construction worker holding a hard hatAt Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience and a history of success in handling cases involving construction accidents of all kinds, including those resulting from the lack of proper safety equipment. Construction sites are among the most inherently dangerous and potentially hazardous job sites that exist, even when all proper safety protocols are followed. When appropriate safety equipment is not fully provided by an employer, or when construction workers are not informed where this equipment is or adequately trained in its use, devastating accidents resulting in serious injuries or fatalities become all the more likely.

When it comes to litigating claims involving construction accidents and lack of safety equipment, the White Plains, NY personal injury lawyers of Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, have the resources, skills, and pure tenacity to handle even the most complex cases successfully. Don’t simply accept a workers’ compensation settlement, especially not one that will leave you unable to cover all of your medical expenses and other injury-related losses. Let us evaluate your case and advise you of all the legal rights and options you have open to you.

Types of Construction Safety Equipment

It is the responsibility of the construction company owner or general contractor to maintain a construction site that is as safe as possible given the circumstances. Each construction site is different and will therefore require safety equipment unique to that site. Workers must be informed of where this equipment is, how it is to be used, and the potential risks of not using it before performing their assigned job duties.

Safety equipment on constructions sites includes both site equipment and personal safety devices. Construction site safety equipment may include:

  • Harnesses
  • Ropes
  • Hoists
  • Slings
  • Lanyards
  • Irons
  • Braces
  • Stays

Personal safety devices may include:

  • Hard hats
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Safety vests
  • Steel-toed boots or other appropriate footwear

There should also be emergency first-aid equipment readily available. All workers should be trained in the proper use of this equipment in the event of an emergency.

Construction workers have every right to expect that their lives and well-being are being safeguarded to at least a reasonable degree while they are performing their assigned job tasks. A lack of safety equipment is intolerable, and the protection of workers’ compensation laws should not excuse construction company owners and general contractors from flagrant negligence. Injured workers who are no longer able to perform their job tasks due to the failure of their employers to provide adequate safety equipment deserve to be fully compensated for their losses and expenses - period.

At Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, it is our honor to fight for justice on behalf of construction workers who have been wrongfully injured for any reason.

Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Construction Accident Case Today

To arrange for an evaluation of your construction accident case involving a lack of safety equipment, please contact the law firm of Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP today.

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