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Reduction of boat speed can prevent construction accidents in New York canal
Recreational boaters are being advised to watch out for construction activity on Buffalo’s Niagara River waterfront. Construction barges will be crossing the canal between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. through July 31, reported the News Observer.
The U.S. Coast Guard is getting the message out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation on the Bird Island pier structure on the Black Rock Canal. The barges will be working near where Lake Erie empties into the Niagara River. Boaters should reduce speed around construction work crews and equipment.
Construction accidents and injuries at sea
Construction regularly ranks as one of most dangerous industries in the U.S. thanks in most part to the number of workers who are injured on worksites each year. Construction sites pose many hazards, even to experienced construction professionals. Jobs on the water are also among the most dangerous in the world, tallying more deaths than other industries.
Workers on construction barges face many challenges and potentially dangerous situations every day. Workers who have been hurt on the job may be entitled to financial compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, lost income and benefits, and more.
Construction accident lawyers and workers’ compensation claims
Too frequently, construction injuries are serious. Under New York’s workers compensation laws, workers who are injured while at work have the right to recover compensation if they suffer from a work-related injury.
Workers’ compensation provides injured workers with monetary relief and medical benefits, or in the case of death, survivor benefits to their dependents. In New York, Workers’ Comp is no-fault insurance, so a worker is covered even when the accident is his or her fault. A New York workers compensation lawyer can aggressively fight to protect the legal rights of an injured worker or the worker’s family, helping them to collect the benefits they deserve for partial or permanent disability. Cases involving injuries that occurred to a ship, barge or other sea vessel worker are different from standard workers’ compensation cases.