Autumn is when the construction season comes to a close. But work still
continues during the fall even though the weather is colder and days are
shorter. Construction must be completed while less time available. As
you know, the more one rushes, the more likely accidents will occur.
Experienced Kingston construction accident attorneys know that construction sites are very dangerous and many laborers are
injured under normal conditions. But when laborers rush and begin to cut
corners because enough time to complete the job is not available, accidents
will multiply. More and more laborers will be hurt by falling debris,
in trip and fall accidents, work-site vehicle accidents, and many other
types of accidents caused by working in the dark.
Falling objects cause injuries at construction sites in every season. They are more dangerous
during the Autumn season because workers are less likely to see the hazard.
A laborer working several stories above ground level may not be able to
see well if working later in the day. Such makes it easier to drop an
item or knock over an item that ends up falling to the ground below.
Workers rushing to get the job done before the first frost or snow fall
are clumsier with tools. Again, tools and other objects can easily be
dropped when rushing around a worksite. A falling object can easily collide
with a worker below, striking him or her on the head. Such an accident
can and has caused work site deaths.
Construction Trip and Fall Accidents:
A dirty and cluttered worksite is a dangerous worksite. What we refer to
is construction materials, rubble, tools, grease, and other types of items.
These types of worksites are not good for any worker.
In any season, keeping the worksite safe from these hazards should be encouraged.
But when contractors and subcontractors are rushing to finish a job before
the season ends, cleanliness is not their priority. They are focused on
pushing their works harder and faster.
This is when laborers will not see trip hazards. Compounding the problem
is that many construction workers are forced to work after darkness falls.
Falling on debris then becomes more likely.
Construction Vehicle Accidents:
Bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, tractors, and other types of heavy equipment
are common to construction sites. These machines are big, bulky, hard
to maneuver, and hard to stop.
Experienced Kingston attorneys also know that many laborers tasked with operating these machines are
not always properly trained.
When rushing to complete a construction project, and operating the machinery
at dark, accidents will occur. Moreover, since contractors are more focused
on rushing to get the job done, they will not always maintain the machinery properly.
Darkness will also limit a machine operator’s ability to see laborers
in the surrounding areas. If operators don’t spot a worker soon
enough, the machine will not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
Obviously, when heavy machinery collides with a person there exists no
kind of safety equipment that can save the worker from injury.
Night time Work Site Injuries:
As you read above, many Autumn
construction site accidents happen because workers are forced to labor long after darkness has fallen.
We all know that darkness comes much earlier in the day as the fall season
progresses and workdays could be longer when rushing to meet deadlines.
Since contractors are under heavy pressure to finish projects, such occupational
requirements will not end soon. Perhaps the best way for workers to remain
healthy is by practicing simple safety techniques.
The easiest technique is to use reflective clothing. Hard hats, vests,
and boots commonly come equipped with reflective fabric that makes their
presence more visible. Also consider brighter clothing in general. Dark
clothing makes people harder to see in all settings, so workers should
wear lighter and brighter colors.
Flash lights and headgear lamps are also smart ways to see better and are
good ways to make oneself more visible.