In New York City, at every turn, we see more construction. From renovations to demolitions, to building the newest sleekest high-rise from the ground up, our constant state of construction development creates safety hazards for those who routinely work on these job sites.
While state and local governments have implemented strict laws around the construction industry here, it remains an industry plagued by accidents year after year. In 2021 alone, the New York City Department of Buildings reported 712 construction incidents resulting in 505 injuries and 9 fatalities. Unfortunately, many sites have continued to operate throughout the years while having a myriad of safety complaints against them for inadequate safety protocols.
It is important to seek the help of an experienced construction accident lawyer when you have been injured on a construction site. Having a skilled attorney may be able to help you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Falls are the Deadliest of all Construction Accidents
According to OSHA, the most deadly construction accidents involve gravity-related falls. These include
- Falls from buildings or scaffolding due to unstable or unsafe environments
- Slip and falls
- Falling debris
Falls From Building or Scaffolding
Construction workers are often required to work from great heights on our job sites, many from scaffolding structures. OSHA has strict requirements concerning scaffolding design and standards. When these standards are not adhered to, serious falls can happen, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.
Scaffolding itself creates its own set of safety issues. Scaffolding that is improperly designed, maintained, or erected creates numerous safety issues for those who rely on them. Inadequate training or access to safety equipment and fall protection create safety risks for anyone working in the vicinity. From overloading scaffolding to erecting it too close to energy sources, many issues can lead to scaffolding accidents resulting in serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Construction Sites
Many slip and fall accidents on construction sites are due to hazardous conditions on the job site. These include surface and environmental conditions, obstructions, site-coordination issues, and human error.
Falling Tools and Debris
According to EHS Today, a publication dedicated to occupational safety, injuries and fatalities caused by falling objects occur every 10 minutes on construction sites. OSHA requires that all materials and tools in a work environment be properly secured to prevent falling.
The Scaffold Law
Here in New York, the courts have decided that liability under Labor Law § 240, otherwise known as the scaffold law, is absolute, meaning that the owners and contractors, even if they are not actually involved in the direct supervision or control of the work, can be held legally liable for any injuries or fatalities that result. In other states, injured parties or surviving families must prove negligence in order to prevail in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
Getting Legal Assistance
But while our scaffold law does help many of our workers get critical help after a construction accident, the courts are very strict about what types of injury claims fall under it. Because the victim always has the burden of proof in these matters, it’s important to have experienced legal representation after a construction accident.
At K L Sanchez Law Office, our skilled construction accident attorneys are diligent in our representation of injured workers and their families. If you have been injured in a construction accident in New York City, contact us at (646) 701-7990 or through our website contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation to understand your rights and how we can help.