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How to Prevent Common Construction Site Hazards During the Winter

Construction projects don’t stop simply because it’s cold outside. For New York construction workers, the winter season presents a whole new set of dangers. Find out what these are below, including how a seasoned personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer can help you during your recovery. 

Slip and Fall Accidents on Icy Surfaces

Falls in general are among the most common causes of construction site injuries. These types of accidents occur so often that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has listed them as one of the top four construction hazards. Because construction sites are exposed to the elements, it’s imperative for site supervisors to clear any walking surfaces of snow and ice as quickly as possible after a storm. These types of accidents can be prevented by encouraging workers to wear water-resident boots with rubber treads and using safety lines for any work that has to be conducted above ground. 

Additionally, site supervisors should remove any snow ice from scaffolding and any other structures that are exposed to winter weather.

Cold Weather Injuries

During the winter season, construction workers are often exposed to severe wind, rain and snow, which can cause a worker’s clothes to become damp. This can lead to severe injuries when the body is unable to warm itself. Such cold-stress conditions construction workers may be exposed to include frostbite, trench foot and even hypothermia if the body temperature drops below 95.5 degrees. Site supervisors can help prevent these types of injuries by:

  • Shielding work areas from drafts or wind chills
  • Training employees to recognize signs of cold-stress conditions such as tingling, slurred speech, loss of coordination, slowed breathing, swelling and more
  • Encouraging workers to dress warmly
  • Using heaters to warm workers when they’re taking a break

If you are injured at work during this winter season, don’t delay in seeking compensation. Proner & Proner has decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury and workers’ compensation claims. 

Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Construction Accident Case In New York

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of construction accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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