A report issued by the New York Committtee for Occupational Safety and Health on Wednesday, Jan. 31 suggests that worker deaths at construction sites may be on the rise across the state of New York.
Construction sites are already thought of as some of the most dangerous job sites in America. It's a hazardous industry, leading to many injuries and fatalities every year.
Construction workers need to know the risks. They work in a fundamental American industry, but they also have some of the highest odds of being injured or killed while at work.
A 60-year-old man in Queens was on the roof of a two-story house, putting in solar panels, when he slipped and fell. The accident happened just before noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
In construction, the "Fatal Four" are the four main ways that construction workers are killed year in and year out. While the most attention often goes to falls, it's important to remember that incidents in which workers are struck by objects -- called "struck-by" accidents -- are very common.
You know that fall protection gear helps, and you'd obviously wear it if you were working on a skyscraper in New York. But what about jobs done at far lower heights? Do you need fall protection gear even when you're just a few feet off of the ground?