Impalement is among the most common injuries in construction sites across New York. In 2012, a laborer working at 4 World Trade Center fell approximately 4 to 5 feet on the ground and landed on a rebar, causing him to impale his side. In 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited four New York contractors after exposing their workers to the risk of impalement.
Impalement is often caused by rebar that has not been bent over. Unbent rebar should be guarded with proper rebar caps to reduce the risk of impalement. An effective fall protection system in the workplace could also prevent workers from landing on unprotected steel bars.
Sadly, many employers in New York fail to put in place proper measures to reduce the risk of impalement in the workplace. If you have been put at risk while on duty at a construction site in New York, our team of construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, might be able to help you seek justice and compensation. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to learn about taking legal action today.