David H. Perecman, a veteran New York construction accident lawyer and co-founder of the personal injury law firm, the Perecman Firm, reminds construction workers not to work in unsafe conditions including high winds. “Last year I posted a press release advising construction workers to avoid working in snow and wind conditions” he says.
“Now look what happened” referring to the tragic death of a construction worker, Jose Palacios, who fell to his death several days ago. “Fatalities from construction accidents have been on the rise in New York City and a one factor has been weather. Contractors lose money when they don’t work and weather slows them down,” says Mr. Perecman, who has successfully represented injured construction workers for nearly three decades and is past Treasurer and current Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Construction Accident Law Committee.
“Winter can bring high wind conditions increasing the danger for construction workers, and that is why I advise workers not to work in unsafe weather conditions,” advocates Mr. Perecman, who points out that immigrant workers suffer the most from construction accidents and fatalities. Never one to avoid his civic obligations, in addition to advocating on behalf of construction workers who are injured due to unsafe work sites, Mr. Perecman also works with legislators so that New York’s construction and labor laws are strengthened and not weakened as some real estate developers and insurance companies are attempting.
He has testified before 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 Perecman told the Assembly that New York construction safety laws are currently outdated and need to be strengthened in order to be effective tools to protect construction workers.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 our workers and laws for everyone’s safety,” said Mr. Perecman. The New York Times recently reported that construction injuries have almost doubled from 23 in November of 2006 to 42 the same time last year. The same article goes on to talk about building code violations increasing to 58 in 2007 from 38 in 2006.