Construction Workers Need to Be Even More Careful As the Temperature Drops
By: David Cheverie
Construction sites are already very dangerous and many workers are injured while on the job. Adding harsh weather conditions to that equation increases the risk of injury significantly. Many projects in our state require work to be performed outdoors during the region’s harsh winter months. Construction workers must work in brutal winter weather conditions, such as extreme cold and snow and ice, which can create dangerous working conditions. Many construction companies, due to high costs, are not providing proper safety measures and procedures to protect construction workers from injuries. As OSHA makes clear, employers are responsible for the safety and health of their employees and for ensuring a safe workplace. Fortunately in New York, we have labor laws that protect construction workers. Section 1.7 of the Industrial Code in the State of New York protects construction workers in circumstances when they are injured due to slipping and tripping hazards.
These accidents may occur during the course of normal construction work. Snow and ice buildup doesn’t stop the work from occurring and many workers may need to walk on slippery pavement in order to complete their work. Workers may also need to remove snow and ice from construction sites so that they can continue their work. Walkways and passageways on construction sites should be kept clear of ice and snow so workers can do their jobs safely.
The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, have represented numerous construction workers who have been injured due to snow, ice, and weather related construction accidents. We have extensive knowledge of the New York Labor Law and have recovered millions of dollars for plaintiffs injured on construction sites. Recently, we obtained a result of $3,150,000 for a construction worker who slipped and fell on a construction site due to the effects of bad weather and the failure to keep the site safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site due to improper snow removal or other unsafe measures, please contact one of the Labor Law attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, for a free consultation on your case by calling (212) 779-0057.