Workplace Safety in Bad Weather Conditions
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.
Weather-Related Workplace Safety Concerns
A general manager on a construction project has a responsibility to look out for a variety of different weather-related safety concerns that could affect their workers, especially as they are typically operating outdoors. If these seasonal issues aren’t dealt with before construction begins or promptly after the problem is found, workers may be the ones left to suffer the consequences. Regrettably, these consequences can severely harm a worker.
If your injuries were caused by a work site manager’s failure to take care of weather-related safety issues, you may be able to collect financial compensation as New York City construction workers are protected by New York labor laws.
Safety Issues Connected to Seasonal Problems
Throughout the year, construction managers have a responsibility to take steps to adequately weatherproof certain materials and machines to reduce the possibility of injury. Failure to take these important safety requirements seriously or provide weather-related safety precautions can result in serious injury. The following mistakes may be the cause of these injuries:
- Failing to clear off ice that could cause a slip and fall accident
- Failing to take steps to prepare vehicles for winter conditions
- Failing to provide adequate water for workers in particularly hot conditions
- Forcing workers to work in unsafe weather conditions, including thunderstorms
By committing these or other actions, a construction worker could suffer devastating injuries. Fortunately, New York labor law protects construction workers in this situation.
Failure to Protect Construction Workers
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.
If you’ve been injured at work and are considering taking legal action against the manager responsible for your suffering, our experienced legal advisors may be able to help. For more information regarding your options after an injury, contact a New York personal injury lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.