Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and construction sites are no
exemption to this rule, despite them being considerably more dangerous
than the average location. But that is the point of this blog entry: construction zones do
not have to be a major hazard to those in and around them, as long as proper
safety protocols are followed and no one behaves negligently.
Always remember and follow these four safety tips when you are near, in,
or working on a construction site:
Wear safety equipment: It does not matter how quickly your visit might be to a construction zone,
always wear provided safety equipment. From hard hats and goggles to gloves
and work boots, you should never be without a recommended piece of safety gear.
Be visible: Your clothing should be brightly colored while on a construction site so
others can spot you quickly. Do not linger in blind spots of equipment
operators, who can shift the direction of their machine quicker than you
might think. Also make sure someone knows where you intend to be at all
times; do not go off alone without notifying another worker or supervisor.
Stick to the plan: If you are a worker in a construction zone, your supervisor or the foreman
should have a well-scheduled jobsite safety plan. This plan should outline
where barriers will be, how nearby pedestrian and automobile traffic will
be diverted, and more. Learn it and follow it as closely as possible.
Follow traffic rules: When you are driving past a construction zone, you need to be especially
careful. Obey posted speed limits – it drops to 55 miles per hour
on the freeway in cases where there is no posted speed limit there –
and adhere to any directions given to you by “flaggers.” These
members of the construction crew are there to control traffic and protect
other workers; the instructions they give override any other traffic signals
in the area.
If everyone makes the conscious effort to be responsible around construction
sites, it should be possible to keep people safe and secure at all times.
Accidents and mistakes do happen, though. Oftentimes, when a
construction accident does occur, it is not the fault of the workers involved. If you were hurt
by another while performing your duties – or if a lack of regulations
led to your injury onsite – you can
contact our New York City personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP. We have intentionally focused
much of our practice on dealing with construction accidents, and have
helped more than 150 clients secure $1,000,000+ settlements each.
Call 646.461.4009 today for more information.