Why You May Suffer a Heavy Lifting Injury on an Ny Construction Site

5 Things That Can Cause Heavy Lifting Accidents on New York Construction Sites

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

Your job isn’t easy. Construction materials and equipment are heavy and present various risks. You could, for example, suffer a sudden and acute injury if the materials or equipment are too heavy for you or suddenly drop. You could also suffer a long-term, cumulative injury if you regularly work with heavy equipment or materials. Accordingly, it is important to know what the risks are of working with heavy materials and equipment so that you can take the necessary steps to protect yourself from suffering an injury and so that you can get the help that you need if you are injured.

5 Risks of Heavy Lifting on Construction Sites

As a construction worker, you should be aware of the following risks of heavy lifting:

  1. The actual weight of the objects. A load that is 50 pounds or heavier could put you at risk of serious injury.
  2. Lifting objects in awkward positions. This could cause significant strain on your back, shoulders, arms, or hands.
  3. Holding heavy objects for a long amount of time or doing it repeatedly. This can increase your risk of muscle, back, or shoulder injuries.
  4. Inadequate handholds. If a heavy object is difficult to grasp, then it might be more likely to drop on your foot or otherwise cause strain on your body.
  5. Environmental factors. Extremely hot or cold weather, for example, can make heavy lifting more dangerous. Additionally, poor lighting and other environmental factors can have an impact on heavy lifting safety on New York construction sites.

Of course, negligent or distracted coworkers or other factors could also result in serious construction site accidents for those workers carrying heavy loads.

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

If you have been hurt by a heavy load on a New York or New Jersey construction site, then you may be entitled to a legal recovery. Please contact an experienced New York construction lawyer today at 1-800-362-9329, and please read our FREE informational brochure, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone, for more information about your rights.