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NEW YORK CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYER

Construction site accident risks range from poorly trained employees to malfunctioning machinery, but most come down to one common factor: human error. When a construction site manager, product manufacturer, construction worker, driver, and/or other party makes a negligence-based mistake, injuries can occur. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports, one in five worker fatalities occur in the construction industry. Many of these injuries can be traced to violations of state and federal safety regulations that are designed to protect workers.

Construction accidents can result in death or in injuries so severe that the worker is never again able to earn a living. In fact, thousands of fatalities have been reported by workers that were injured or killed at construction sites in New York. As a result, the State of New York enacted laws and regulations which mandate that construction companies inspect each site with safety engineers and implement a wide variety of safety measures. Regardless of this legislation, construction workers still face a greater risk of work-related injury or fatalities.

COMMON TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS 

  • Falls - Types of falls include falls from elevations, ladder falls, scaffolding falls, and falls associated with contact with equipment or machinery such as cranes or forklifts.

  • Forklift Accidents – Forklifts are prone to rollovers and untrained and/or unlicensed forklift operators put all other construction workers in the area at risk.

  • Electrocution - Contact with high voltage is one of the most common causes of death in the construction industry.

  • Crane Accident - Cranes move heavy equipment and heavy materials. Even a small accident may result in catastrophic injury to workers on site.

  • Machinery Accidents - The tools on a job site are powerful, heavy pieces of equipment. When equipment fails or are not in proper working order, workers may end up hurt.

  • Nail Gun Accidents - Nail guns are an essential tool in most construction sites, exposing workers to the dangers that may result if the gun malfunctions.

  • Scaffold Accidents - Scaffolding must meet OSHA regulations for safety and strength. An improperly constructed scaffold may collapse, causing serious injuries to those on the worksite.

  • Stairway Collapse Accidents - During construction, many sites rely on temporary stairways to help workers get around. These stairs often fail to meet safety standards and may endanger your health.

  • Trench Accidents - Before construction ever starts, site managers must carefully plan the dig, instruct crews, and prepare the necessary equipment. When they don’t the result can be trench collapse, contact with underground pipes and wires, and life-threatening injuries for those involved.

COMPENSATION FOR CONSTRUCTION INJURIES IN NEW YORK

On-site hazards can lead to temporary and permanent disabilities. Construction injuries may include scarring, burns, paralysis, amputation, spinal cord damage, or  brain damage. If you or a loved one were injured on a construction site, you are entitled to compensation. Have your rights protected by hiring an experienced New York accident attorney. Contact BECK LAW, P.C. at 516-388-7785 to have your case evaluated.