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What Happens When You're Injured on a Construction Site You Aren't Working On?

Injuries on construction sites are among the most common and serious work-related hazards in the United States, but what about people who are injured on or near a worksite who don’t work there at all?

Proper Signage

New York heavily regulates its worksites, and having a random person on the street accidentally wander onto a construction site can be an extreme hazard. In order to prevent this from occurring, safety laws require clear barriers and signs to warn passersby about construction work. These indicators need to be maintained and placed in easy to view locations throughout the construction process – even a few minutes without these safety precautions in place could lead to an unsuspecting person to walk into an extremely hazardous location and fall into an open hole, slip and fall on loose debris, get hit by a falling object, etc. New York also has laws that protect pedestrians and passersby who are injured by falling objects and other hazards from a construction site.

Publicly Accessible Construction Sites

Depending on the worksite, even these safety precautions can’t completely protect people from certain hazards. Some worksites, like work being done on public roads, above sidewalks, on buildings, etc. can’t be completely closed off to the public. Maintaining signs that clearly alert people to the potential hazards in the area remains a necessary task for workers and site managers, but it’s also incredibly important to ensure that the site follows every safety code to prevent potential dangers like loose debris, fall hazards, unsecured items, and more from posing a serious risk to anyone in the area. No matter what, if these sites lack clear signage and protections like concrete barriers, alternate lane markings, sidewalk sheds, etc., someone injured on the construction site could be able to file a lawsuit to secure compensation for their injuries.

If you were seriously injured on a construction site as a passerby, pedestrian, visitor, etc., our New York City construction accident lawyers at the Perecman Firm know what steps you need to take to secure the compensation you deserve. With more than 30 years of experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you hire us to represent you. Give our firm a call at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your options over the phone today, or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation.


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