Approximately 20% of work-related accident deaths involve construction workers. However, these workers only represent 4% of the employed workforce in the United States. Individuals who work at construction sites are at the greatest risk for getting injured or even dying while on the job. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents are preventable.
Using BIM to Prevent Construction Accidents
As technology develops, the construction industry has started to rely more heavily on Building Information Modeling (BIM) to develop its projects. BIM is used to digitally monitor the design of construction projects, the plan, and the construction. BIM can also be used as safety management of construction sites.
The Center for Construction Research and Training recently published a short study as to how “near miss accidents” can be visualized in BIM. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a near miss as an accident where no property is damaged and no personal injury is suffered, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage and/or injury could have occurred. Project owners or contractors do not have to report near-miss accidents. Nevertheless, near miss accidents are reliable safety indicators while analyzing construction site safety.
The study shows that a simple BMI application can be used to report and record near miss accidents in order to visualize them. These visualizations can be helpful for safety managers and other construction professionals to realize the danger of near misses and take the necessary measures to prevent these potential deadly accidents.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
When construction site accidents occur, both construction workers as well as innocent bystanders can get seriously injured or killed. These victims and their loved ones may have a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first-hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this line of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.