As more and more construction takes place throughout New York due to an improving economy and low interest rates, accidents seem to be at an all-time high in the industry. What is the reason for this? Why is it that while new construction rates increased 11% and renovation projects increased 6% that accidents jumped 52% and construction death is two times more likely? The numbers are very alarming and our New York construction accident lawyers want to help remedy the problem. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we have an idea as to why accident numbers are on the rise. Below, you will find 5 reasons that these rates have increased.
Across the five boroughs and throughout the state, there has been a recent building boom. Block by block, you can experience a high volume of construction activity. As more and more construction begins, especially vertical buildings, the higher the risk of injured workers.
A number of projects come with strict deadlines requiring workers to operate at a faster pace than normal. This often results in jobs done in a hasty manner and dangerous shortcuts. The faster the workers operate, the less time there is for proper safety inspection and precautions because they want to make sure the deadline is met.
In the construction industry, immigrant workers are heavily relied upon to take on a lot of work. Unfortunately, they are not often trained as properly as they should be and a number of mistakes can be made. This raises the risk of accident for all workers involved.
Lack of Safety Equipment
Because so many projects use untrained workers and often try to cut costs, proper safety equipment is not always provided. This includes hard hats, safety glasses, harnesses, and more. When working from high locations, a worker should always have a harness to prevent them from falling. As seen by statistics, falls on construction sites is a common cause of death in this industry.
Fear of Reporting
Due to the high number of immigrant and undocumented workers in the construction industry, many accidents or safety violations go unreported. This is because the workers may be unauthorized to work in the country and don’t want to risk deportation.
If you have been injured in a construction accident in New York City, trust that our lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. can take the necessary legal action to help you. Our firm also represents families who have lost loved ones in a fatal construction accident. Call for your free consultation and learn how we can stand up for your rights.