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Why construction work can be dangerous

Those who are on a construction site in New Jersey or anywhere else may face a variety of hazards on the job. For instance, they could be put in danger in the event of a trench collapse. To mitigate this hazard, a qualified person can inspect it while employers mark any utilities that may be encountered in the trench. Furthermore, trenches should be supported to help keep employees safe while working in them.

There should also be a safety plan in place that addresses hazards that can be caused by moving vehicles. To keep workers safe, there should be clearly marked vehicle routes. Workers should also be trained to use machines such as forklifts and cranes to help them avoid accidents. Falls are the most common hazard that a worker will face while on a construction site. In some cases, this is because workers fail to use ladders or scaffolding in a safe manner.

If a worker is more than 6 feet above the ground, employers should be sure that he or she has access to a fall protection system. This may include the use of guardrails or a safety net. Prior to working on a job site, employees should know where power lines and other utilities are located. This can help to prevent a worker from being electrocuted while performing a task.

Employees who are injured on the job are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This might help a worker recoup lost wages or get help paying medical bills related to their injuries. An attorney may help a worker make a claim for benefits or appeal a claim denial. If an appeal is unsuccessful, it may be possible to go to court to resolve the matter in a manner favorable to the injured worker.