New York is one of the hottest places for building and construction and developers are embarking on a historic building and renovation boom. This new building spree however has opened up a not so new debate about how to protect the health and safety of the workers that are responsible for constructing these new buildings. This month alone two men have died after falling while working on midtown buildings that are under construction.
There are many projects slated to begin this year and looking ahead there is a greater likelihood for scaffolding accidents, ladder accidents and construction site accidents than ever before. The de Blasio administration has introduced a rebuilding project to help rebuild areas that have been destroyed by hurricane Sandy and the Mayor's administration also intends to begin a plan for building and maintaining 200,000 units of housing. This is a huge project that will no doubt require thousands of men and women to complete.
2011 and 2012 brought about the deaths of 1,513 construction workers on the job across the nation. Thirty six deaths alone were in New York City. The major concern is that people have with these deaths is that some simple safeguards could easily have prevented many injuries and deaths. Many owners neglect basic safety regulations that are designed to prevent injuries from occurring on a job site. For example, an employee working 20 feet above the ground who slips while working, could be protected from falling and suffering a devastating injury if only a proper harness had been provided to that employee. Proper scaffolds and secure ladders can also prevent horrific injuries from occurring.
In the past, before protective New York Labor Laws were instituted, a building/land owner or developer would hire cheap subcontractors who would provide little or no safety measures to their employees. When an employee was hurt or killed, and many were, the victim would try to recover from the subcontractor who would quickly go out of business and the developer would claim no responsibility, leaving the victim and his family with no help.
New York Labor Laws now permit construction accident victims to seek recovery against multiple parties involved in a building or renovation project-the developer, land owner, general contractor, other sub contractors, even employers. But even now, many of these parties try to cut corners to save money and speed up the work leaving the vulnerable workers often hurt, maimed or killed.
Currently, the building industry is fighting to reduce or eliminate the protective New York Labor Laws. The construction companies want to be able to limit the liability of the company and transfer the blame to the injured or deceased worker. It's all about squeezing the last dime out of profits. But labor groups have been fighting the elimination of these protections. The industry needs to know that these laws will continue and that they will be enforced, so that all construction workers are protected.
The protective New York Labor Laws coupled with an injured worker's right to sue are one of the best ways to maintain worker safety and keep the construction industry in check. By filing lawsuits, workers are able to draw attention to the deficiencies which cause accidents and help prevent future devastating accidents, as well as receive fair compensation for pain and suffering, medical treatment, lost wages and other losses.
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If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life from a construction accident, contact the attorneys at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices. The success of a case frequently depends on whether an experienced and aggressive law firm conducts an in-depth investigation of the accident site, including why the accident happened and how it could have been prevented, identifies all negligent parties, locates witnesses and preserves evidence. At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, there is never a charge for a consultation.