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Installing Glass? Be Sure To Avoid Injury

December 28, 2017 in

Construction industry professionals have turned to Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) to help them achieve justice after suffering an injury, illness or death. The firm has achieved substantial awards and settlements for victims injured or killed in construction accidents involving glass installation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that glass installers, or “glaziers” have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average for all construction industry occupations. Glaziers spend much of their time standing, bending or reaching — often at high altitudes — and most lift and maneuver heavy materials like large glass plates. Typical injuries for glaziers include deep cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding.

Unless these hazards are controlled by the employer, glaziers can be exposed to conditions that cause serious injury, illness and death.

Below are some ways that glaziers can reduce their risks while on the job:

  • Use metal-mesh or other cut- or stab-resistant gloves in all work with sharp knives or other sharp tools.
  • Wear appropriate respiratory and eye protection equipment and gloves.
  • Protect hands with chemical-resistant gloves; if impractical, use a barrier cream.
  • Wear a respirator to avoid inhalation of dust or aerosols.
  • Learn and use safe lifting and moving techniques for heavy or awkward loads; use mechanical aids to assist in lifting.
  • When working in the heat, be sure to organize work/rest cycles, hydrate often, and gradually develop a level of tolerance to high temperatures.

Glaziers are susceptible to more than accidental hazards. They are prone to ergonomic hazards due to the prolonged, awkward working postures which can cause musculoskeletal injuries. Glaziers face many chemical hazards, as well. For example, there are case reports of skin disorders in glaziers, related to their exposure to quartz dust or sealants containing polysulfide polymers. Respiratory problems are reported by glaziers, stemming from the inhalation of rock wool, glass fibers and isocyanate foam.

With so many projects regularly taking place in the greater New York area, workers and bystanders face a regular risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. But those risk factors can be mitigated by taking proper cautionary steps.

SPBMC is committed to helping construction workers and other hardworking men and women who have sustained injuries or illnesses related to glass work. If you need to speak with one of our experienced New York City injury lawyers, we are pleased to offer a free consultation.

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