David H. Perecman, a veteran New York construction accident lawyer and co-founder of the personal injury law firm of The Perecman Firm, advises construction workers not to work in the snow and in other unsafe conditions such as winds over 30 MPH.
“Fatalities from construction accidents are already on the rise in New York City and with snow and strong winds, fatalities will only increase further,” says Mr. Perecman, who has successfully represented injured construction workers for nearly three decades and is currently the Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and Co-chair of its Labor Law Committee.
“Winter and particularly snowy conditions are very dangerous for construction workers, and should be avoided,” advocates Mr. Perecman, who points out that immigrant workers suffer the most from construction accidents and fatalities. In addition to advocating on behalf of construction workers during winter’s harsh conditions, Mr. Perecman also lobbies that New York’s construction and labor laws need to be strengthened.
He recently addressed the Standing Committee on Cities, the Standing Committee on Codes, and the Standing Committee on Housing of the New York State Assembly regarding this very important issue. Mr. Perecman told the Assembly that several labor laws are currently outdated and need to be strengthened in order to be effective tools to protect construction workers.
“Every year there are efforts to repeal, modify or so entirely weaken or dilute the law so that it becomes ineffective in saving lives and protecting workers. We must continue to protect these laws,” said Mr. Perecman. The New York Times recently reported that fatal construction accidents have risen 61 percent in New York City in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2006.
In those same 12 months, 17 of the 29 construction workers who died in work-related accidents fell to their deaths. In the previous year, 18 construction workers were killed, 9 in falls, according to The New York Times. Many of the 29 victims that died or were injured that year were Hispanic immigrants working for small contractors in nonunion jobs.