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Slip and fall accidents on construction sites are among the leading causes of workers’ compensation claims in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that nearly one-third of all workplace injuries and about 40 percent of all fatalities on a construction site are caused by slip and fall accidents. In 2018 alone, there were 320 construction worker fatalities caused by these devastating accidents. Just like construction site falling objects accidents, many construction site slip and falls are also totally preventable.
While a construction worker may be eligible for workers’ compensation after a slip and fall injury, when the accident is caused by the negligence of the property owner or contractor, the victim may have the right to file a civil lawsuit holding the responsible party accountable for their injuries and damages.
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Working With a Skilled Construction Site Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on a construction site in New York, you owe it to yourself to speak with an experienced construction site slip and fall lawyer to understand your rights under the law. At K L Sanchez Law Office, we have represented injured construction workers and vendors throughout our careers to ensure that they get the compensation they need and deserve for their injuries.
At K L Sanchez Law Office, P.C., we can help you determine what compensation you are entitled to, depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident. After a construction site slip and fall accident, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical care
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Any reduction in the quality of your life that was caused by your injuries
Under New York’s labor laws, a property owner or contractor can be held responsible for injuries if there were not proper safety precautions put in place on the jobsite. When this is the case, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. If you’ve suffered from a slip and fall on a construction site, you do not need to suffer alone. Call the Law Office of K L Sanchez today to speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer. Our consultations are always free!
How Slip and Fall Injuries Happen on a Construction Site
Slip and fall accidents on a construction site generally fall into two categories: falls that happen on the same level and those that take place on another level. While those that take place on the same level usually result in non-fatal injuries, those that involve other levels can be far more serious.
Many falls that take place on construction sites are ones that occur from a height, making these injuries particularly devastating. Workers who are involved in these types of slip and fall accidents on construction sites frequently suffer catastrophic injuries having lifelong consequences and even fatalities. You should not face this alone.
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The Dangers of a Construction Site Slip and Fall
While other forms of injury on a construction site, such as machinery accidents, falling objects, overexertion, or other common construction accidents can injure a worker, these often only injure one part of the body. Injuries from a fall can affect and do damage to the entire body.
Surviving a fall from a height, whether it is over 30 feet or 6 feet, can prove deadly when the individual has landed on the wrong surface or the wrong part of the body. These types of injuries, usually to the head, spinal column or neck, can leave a worker severely disabled or even fatally injured.
In addition to falls from heights, common causes of slip and fall accidents on construction sites can be due to:
- Construction debris
- Uneven surfaces
- Surfaces that are wet or slippery
- Unsecured cords and wiring
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsafe stairways
- Incomplete structures
- Lack of safety equipment
- Lack of safety training
- An unsecured excavation site
- Weather occurrences
- Open holes and cracks
- Unsafe scaffolding
- Lack of handrails and guardrails
- Lack of site coordination
- Unsecured docks and ramps
- Unsecured open-sided floors
- Unsafe equipment
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How New York Labor Laws Protect Construction Workers
Whether you have been injured from a fall at an elevation or you have been injured in a same-level fall, these accidents can result in serious injuries that may require extensive medical intervention, time from work, potential ongoing medical care, or an inability to return to the same occupation. State legislature recognized the serious dangers that many construction sites pose for workers and has implemented laws to protect them and offer them compensation for their injuries. These laws are:
- New York Labor Law 200 — This law protects both workers and visitors who have been injured on a construction site, mandating that owners and contractors must take reasonable steps to ensure a safe environment, that equipment, machinery, and devices are positioned, operated, and guarded in a secure manner, and that a site must have adequate lighting and guardrails. If a dangerous situation is discovered, a notice must be placed to warn workers and visitors of the danger. No equipment, machinery, or devices may be used until the danger is corrected.
- New York Labor Law 240 — This law, otherwise known as the “scaffolding law” protects the rights of workers who suffer injuries from a fall or a falling object. It mandates that owners or contractors provide safe scaffolding and other reasonable measures to protect workers.
- New York Labor Law 241 — This law specifically addresses safety as it applies to demotion, excavation, and safety equipment, mandating that owners and contractors take reasonable steps to provide safe flooring during the building process as well as elevators and hoists.
When a slip and fall accident occurs on a construction site, liability often falls on the property owner or contractor if they failed to keep the job site safe under these regulations. A contractor or owner who doesn’t meet their obligations can be held liable for any injuries that occur on the site.
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Common Injuries Caused By Construction Slip and Fall Accidents
Depending on the type of slip and fall accident, injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, particularly if the fall was from scaffolding or another high place. These can cause:
- Serious fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Burns and abrasions
- Permanent disability
Getting Skilled Legal Assistance
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on a construction site, you may have the legal right to hold the at-fault party accountable for your injuries and financial damages. The construction site slip and fall lawyers at K L Sanchez Law Office have dedicated their careers to workers and their legal rights. Contact us for a free consultation to understand your rights to compensation for your injuries.
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