Staying Safe During Nighttime Construction in Greater New York

How to Stay Safe on a Nighttime Construction Site in New York

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Construction work is dangerous regardless of when it is done. Whether you work during the winter or summer, during the day or at night, you always face risks. However, if you work at night there may be additional risks that are not present during the day, and your employer may have to take special steps to make sure that you are not injured.

The Risks of Nighttime Construction

While nighttime construction, especially on the roads, may be unavoidable, it is important that your employer take additional precautions such as:

  • Providing you with hard hats with retro reflective tape.
  • Providing you with other appropriate nighttime apparel. This may include a vest, shirt or jacket that is fluorescent yellow, green, or orange.
  • Using vehicles and equipment that have rotating amber beacons.
  • Only permitting work in illuminated areas that have at least level one illumination.
  • Displaying appropriate signs that tell motorists of nighttime construction.
  • Making sure that construction workers have adequate rest periods to prevent fatigue-related accidents.

While these types of precautions will not eliminate nighttime road construction accident injuries, they may help prevent some serious accident injuries that can occur. Nighttime accidents can occur when motorists crash into the construction site or when a vehicle or piece of equipment collides with something else on the construction site. Of course, the caution that you use with equipment, when working below street level, and in everything that you do during the day should also extend into your nighttime work.

Call a New York Construction Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt

If you have been injured in a New York or New Jersey nighttime construction crash, then it is important to contact an experienced New York City construction injury attorney today at 1-800-362-9329 and to learn more about your rights by reading our FREE pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone.