Penn Station, the hub of NYC’s public transportation system! Every New Yorker has heard about the construction projects going on at Penn Station this summer. Most of us know because of the 25% decrease in trains stopping through Penn during but for many citizens of New York, the renovations to our biggest train station are providing construction employment.
Like any big construction project, these summer renovations do not come without the risk workplace accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 937 construction worker fatalities on the job in 2015 and many thousands of more injuries.
It’s very important to maintain a safe workplace always but especially in the summer with so many different construction projects occurring. At the Law Office of Richard Kenny we feel passionately about keeping our construction workers safe so we’ve compiled a list of some of top safety tips.
- Prevent slips, trips and falls.
- Report and clean up spills and leaks, keep aisles and exits clear, replace damaged flooring and consider using ant-slip surfaces.
- Eliminate Fire Hazards
- Closely monitor combustible materials, don’t contaminate clothes with flammable liquids, and keep fire exits clear.
- Control Dust
- Dust covering significant parts of a room creates a big explosion hazards.
- Prevent Falling Objects
- Stack boxes and objects straight up and down, consider nets, toe boards or toe rails to use as worker protection.
- Store materials properly
- Make sure to avoid cross-contamination of hazardous chemicals.
- Storage areas should not have an accumulation of tripping, fire explosion or pest hazards.
If the unfortunate event that you or someone you know does get injured working on Penn Station or a similar transit construction site, you may be entitled to a legal claim pursuant to the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). FELA was enacted to protect railroad workers and their families and to give them a basis for any work related injury claims that they make. The safety of all workers is our biggest concern at the Law Office of Richard Kenny but in the unfortunate event of a workplace accident, we will doggedly pursue the justice and compensation that you deserve. Give us a call if you or a loved one has been injured on the construction site of a railroad or transit station and we’d be happy to discuss your options.
The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny has over a combined century of experience in dealing with personal injury lawsuits and has achieved over nine figures in verdicts and settlements, proving their success rate in the courtroom. Contact the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny today to figure out your next steps and speak with an attorney who cares.