Falling object safety tips

The risk of injury from falling objects can be reduced if workers follow some simple safety steps.

The state of New York has many skyscrapers, and thus a lot of construction and maintenance projects are happening above people's heads. Whether it's window washing, construction, painting, or something else, it is important that workers adhere to safety standards in order to minimize the risk of an accidental injury due to a falling object. A few precautions in particular stand out and should not be forgotten.

Basic rules

The risk of falling objects causing injuries is clearly much higher when work is being performed overhead, such as with a scaffold. The following list of tips includes some key points:

· Any work area where there are safety hazards should be demarcated by warning signs or restricted with barricades.

· If a load is being moved above, workers should avoid the area below if possible.

· Catch platforms and debris nets should be used if possible. If not available, all scaffolds should have guardrails or toe boards to prevent anything from falling in the first place.

· All materials and tools should be properly secured.

· If anything is stacked, it should be a sturdy and uniform stack rather than one that is haphazard and slides around.

· Anytime work is being performed overhead, hard hats should be worn.

Workers who practice the items in the above list will find their risk of concussion and other serious and minor injuries lessened considerably.

Additional protections

While the above list contains some basic practices to keep people safe on and around a job site, there are some more ways that workers and site managers can go above and beyond with falling object safety. For instance, keeping objects well-organized and tying up hoses and cords will prevent things from getting caught or damaged.

Workers should take care to maintain three points of contact when climbing up a structure. When equipment is being hoisted up to a higher area, it is a safety risk to use one hand to carry it up. Objects kept in unorganized piles also present a potential hazard. If someone were to pull a tool from the bottom of a pile, it could topple down. Tethering objects and keeping them organized can help reduce the likelihood of this from happening.

People in New York who have been injured by a falling object could end up dealing with costly medical bills. They may be able to obtain compensation for these costs, as well as for the pain and suffering involved with such an incident. To explore the option of possible financial compensation, it may be helpful to speak with a lawyer in the local area who practices personal injury law.