Although work in the construction industry can be deeply satisfying, employees are constantly at risk of sustaining life-threatening injuries on the job. This unfortunate downside of construction work has been seen on multiple occasions as of late, with several employees suffering severe injuries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction-related injuries accounted for 30 percent of New York City workplace fatalities in 2013. It is important for construction workers to be aware of the risks associated with the industry — and to know how to seek representation if they are injured on the job.
Common Types of Construction Accidents in New York
Construction workers are constantly at risk of injury. They can be targeted by everything from falling objects, to inadequate ladders, broken scaffolds and dangerous walkway.
Also, faulty cranes and other lifting devices and well as Improperly secured materials and equipment are a major cause of workplace injuries. Just recently, a rigging strap broke on a crane hauling an air conditioning unit to the top of a building in Midtown Manhattan. The unit dropped 28 stories creating a gaping hole in the building's exterior and injuring 10 people. In 2014, a Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, contractor was killed while unloading a 2,700 battery along the Throgs Neck Expressway that had been improperly secured.
Worker falls are even more common; a 2014 report from the New York City Department of Buildings indicates that nearly 40 percent of that year’s accidents involved workers falling. A recent example of this took place in May 2015, with a construction worker falling 24 stories down an elevator shaft at a New York City hotel. A few days later, another construction worker was injured after falling two stories down an elevator shaft. Fortunately, this worker survived.
Although most construction workers are well aware of the risks posed by falling debris, many fail to realize that many dangerous defects can exist on a job site which can cause severe injuries. Scaffolding may be set up improperly, walkways can be broken or uneven and construction materials can be placed haphazardly. Frequently, workers are not provided with adequate safety equipment such as safety harnesses or proper scaffolding or are placed under time deadlines that leads to unsafe and hazardous conditions, all of which can lead to accidents and divesting injuries. Many of the accidents are the result of the job site failing to abide by local safety regulations.
Responding to On-The-Job Injuries
If you or a loved one has recently been injured at a construction site, you should seek legal advice to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation. Be especially careful if the general contractor, building owner or your boss wants to send you to their lawyer, who may be representing their interests and not yours. Make sure you consult with an experienced independent legal team who represents injured workers and not construction companies. The first step involves getting in touch with a respected law firm such as Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices. We will advise you of your rights, and conduct an immediate investigation into your accident, preserving evidence, checking for safety violations, interviewing witnesses and helping you apply for immediate benefits such as medical bill payment and disability benefits. We will also help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and other losses such as physical, emotional and financial suffering.
For personalized service from lawyers who have years of experience representing injured workers, and who have recovered many millions of dollars for them, look to the Bronx and Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices. There is never a fee until we obtain a monetary award for you.