A worksite is filled with hazards, which means there is the potential for many kinds of construction accidents. New Jersey contractors and crews may have to follow varying safety procedures, depending on the task. For instance, preventing an accident involving cranes probably doesn’t require a worker to wear a harness, such as when working from a great height. If you’ve been injured in a serious construction site accident in Morristown, a personal injury attorney will tell you that safety procedures may be varied, but there are patterns that apply to preventing all types of construction accidents.
In general, that means following Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, using common sense, caution, and reporting any unsafe practices you observe from a contractor or general contractor that cause concern.
Some more specific ways to prevent construction site accidents and injury include:
- Electrical accidents – avoid contact with power lines, use only extension cords and connectors marked for hard or extra hard use and regularly inspect cords on site for signs of wear and tear.
- Falls – install guardrail and safety net systems, utilize harnesses; cover or guard any holes as soon as they are created and survey the site each day before working.
- Trench/excavation accidents – evaluate soil conditions and measure presence of hazardous fumes before excavating; place soil at least 2 feet from the edge of the trench and use trench box retaining devices.
Unfortunately, safety tips won’t help you if you’ve already suffered a serious work injury on a construction site. If this is the case and you need additional help aside from Workers’ Compensation from your Morristown employer, an attorney can help you review some of the top safety procedures to see if they were in place leading up to your accident.
When Construction Accidents in New Jersey Cause Injury, We Can Help
Construction accidents can be prevented. When serious injury occurs on a worksite, such as from a fall, electrical accident or equipment misuse and malfunction, we help victims figure out who is response and what to do next. If you’ve suffered from a personal injury, attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help. Contact us at 973-285-1100 or 877-360-0183.