Construction work can be a dangerous job. For that reason, an extensive network of state and federal safety regulations is in place to protect construction workers from on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, though, these safety regulations mean little if employers do not actively enforce them.
Earlier this month, a fatal Manhattan construction accident claimed the life of a worker who was wrapping up his very first day on the job. The man, a 28-year-old father of two, was working atop scaffolding in SoHo when he slipped and fell more than 40 feet. He was not wearing a safety harness.
The worker suffered massive head trauma in the accident and ultimately went into cardiac arrest. Although paramedics arrived at the scene quickly, the man could not be saved. He died later that evening at Bellevue Hospital.
New York Scaffolding Accidents
Given the nature of the accident, the victim’s family will likely have several avenues to recover for their loss. Of course, since the man was killed while at work, his survivors will be able to recover workers’ compensation death benefits. In addition, they may be able to bring a claim under New York’s “scaffold law.”
The scaffold law requires employers and subcontractors to provide workers with all of the equipment necessary to prevent a fall from heights. Employers who fail to provide the necessary equipment can be held completely liable for a worker’s injuries, even in cases where the accident was partially caused by the worker’s negligence.
New York construction accident victims have a number of options that they may not immediately be aware of. If you or a loved one is injured on a job site, it’s always a good idea to talk to an attorney before making a deal with the insurance company.