When operating on the site of a new construction project, workers in New Jersey and elsewhere may constantly be transporting equipment and materials across various parts of the site. As materials are lifted to the proper location, the risk that an object may fall from above and strike a worker below may be ever-present. While there may be certain steps one can take to protect against similar safety hazards, falling objects continue to play a role in many construction accidents.
There may be various steps to take to help reduce the risks of falling objects on a project site. One step could involve using the proper equipment to transport materials and taking the necessary measures to ensure objects are properly secured during transport. In areas in which the threat of falling objects may exist, it could also be helpful to provide sufficient warning of the risks and keep workers clear of danger.
Keeping materials and objects clear of building edges and uneven surfaces could also be vital to limiting the risks of falling objects. Workers may also find that wearing the necessary safety gear may help keep an incident from turning into a dangerous situation. However, while safety gear such as hard hats might help protect in some scenarios, with heavier objects or materials that fall from high above, the result of an accident could still prove disastrous.
Construction accidents involving falling objects run the unfortunate risk of leaving a worker with serious injuries and facing a lengthy recovery period. Individuals in New Jersey who suffer harm during such an incident may have questions about their available options for financial aid and they could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance in navigating the workers’ compensation insurance system. An attorney can evaluate the incident and help a client prepare to seek the full amount of compensation achievable through all available sources.