Sep 1

Construction Site Safety

Dr. Jeff J. Mollins, Brooklyn’s premier accident specialist knows very well that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. Dr. Mollins has been diagnosing, treating, and documenting injuries sustained by accident victims for almost 30 years. Dr. Mollins is well aware that injuries due to accidents are extremely common at construction sites, especially if conditions are unsafe. Construction accidents are relatively common and injuries can range from mild to severe. The way to prevent these accidents from happening is to provide proper work safety.

Work safety is a crucial aspect for the success of any work process, especially in the case of processes that involve the usage of special tools and work performed at heights, such as construction. It is especially important for general contractors to assure safety first. The following is a list of tips to help make any construction site safe:

  • Use the right tools – the tools used on the site must be in perfect working condition and they must be chosen to suit the task to be performed.
  • Protection for the eyes and the ears – construction is a noisy process and it involves a lot of cutting and drilling. Workers need to wear equipment that protects them against the potential health problems caused by airborne particles or pieces of material, as well as against loud noise and intense vibration.
  • Head protection – hard hats must be worn by everyone at the job site.
  • Use fall protection systems – harnesses, non-slip shoes, guardrails, edge protected scaffolding and barricades used around shafts are essential for work safety on construction sites.
  • Moving around safely – stairs and ladders must be climbed maintaining three points of contact with the ladder or stair, during ascending as well as during descending.
  • The importance of training – safety training provided by an expert is essential whenever a construction project commences.

Remember, if you are injured on a construction site, ALWAYS take care of your health. Go immediately to urgent care or the emergency room (even if you think your injury is not that serious) and be evaluated by a physician to make sure you have not broken any bones or sustained a dire injury.

The next step is to make an appointment with Dr. Mollins. When Dr. Mollins sees his injured patient on the first visit he will take a concise history (specifically asking exactly how this construction accident happened). He will then perform a full physical examination which includes range of motion testing, orthopedic and neurological evaluation of the affected areas. Diagnostic testing may or may not be needed. Dr. Mollins will then place his patients on a comprehensive treatment regimen to enable his patients to achieve wellness as expeditiously as possible. If necessary, Dr. Mollins can refer his patients to his network of referred specialists which include neurology, orthopedic surgery, pain management, and physical therapy.

If you are injured at a construction site, your treatment and loss of wages (if necessary to miss work) will be covered under New York State Workers’ Compensation. Dr. Mollins, including all of his referred specialists are worker’s compensation certified, so you can be treated at no cost. If you are injured at a construction site contact Dr. Mollins immediately.