In a stark reminder of the importance of rigorous and regular safety training, The New York Daily News is reporting that accidents at the World Trade Center construction site in New York City left dozens of workers seriously injured.
In 2011, construction worker Nick Giovinco reportedly fell 18 feet from a piece of scaffolding onto the concrete floor below. Witnesses say the work area was shaky and lacked the proper bracing and ladder. Giovinco suffered multiple injuries to his back and head, requiring staples in his skull. Carpenter Paul Giordano, 46 years old, also fell from scaffolding at a nearby work site, plummeting 35 feet to the ground. He survived, but needed spine and ankle surgery.
Another man suffered a traumatic brain injury after a pressurized pump hose came loose and struck him in the head. Ironworker Robert Deacy tells the source that he fell from a 20-foot ladder that was leaned almost vertically against a wall. Deacy’s coworkers say he almost became impaled on a rebar on the way down.
“When I was approximately one-third to one-half of the way down the ladder, I don’t remember exactly, I remember losing my grip on the ladder and falling backward while my feet were still on the rung because of the pitch of the ladder,” Deacy tells The New York Daily News. “I fell off the ladder. I don’t remember landing.”
Job sites like the one at World Trade Center are massive in size and scope. However, whether your construction job is small or large, incidents like these illustrate the importance of investing in regular safety training to prevent construction falls and other dangerous accidents. If you are interested in improving your team’s safety knowledge and skill set but can’t afford to spend a lot of time and money, invest in the easy-to-use, cost-effective training courses from Mastery Technologies.