It should come as no surprise to NYC residents that the Big Apple has continued to see steady growth year after year, necessitating major changes to the city’s decaying infrastructure. Aside from boosting the economy, that growth has been a huge financial boom to the construction industry – and as a recent report from New York Building Congress reveals, spending on construction projects is projected to jump by another 10% through the end of 2019.
Of course, the construction boom has also prompted new concerns regarding the safety of construction workers. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics rated the construction industry as having the highest number of workplace fatalities in New York City, with building construction accounting for 55% of all fatal injuries. Given that there were already 45,000 active construction sites in NYC as of April 2019, it’s easy to see how increased construction could result in even more injuries and fatalities in 2020.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Worksite injuries are up 221% in the New York City construction industry, and many worker advocates attribute this significant increase to the rapid rate of construction expansion. As government officials race to modify old buildings and replace crumbling infrastructures throughout the city, construction companies are under pressure to hire more and more skilled construction workers. At times, these companies cut costs by ignoring safety requirements – or hiring untrained laborers for dangerous jobs.
Here are some of the most common causes of serious construction accidents in NYC:
- Falls from significant heights
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from scaffolds (add hyperlink to our scaffold page)
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Lack of proper training for workers
- Falling objects
- Accidents involving motor trucks and excavators
- Violence from third parties on the construction site
- Being crushed, struck, or caught between objects and equipment
Who Is Liable for Construction Accident Injuries?
Because a construction site also functions as a workplace, most injured workers will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, that will cover medical expenses and lost wages up to a certain amount allowed under the law. Many of those workers will also have a third-party personal injury claim that can be brought against responsible parties other than their employer on the construction site under New York’s Labor Law.
Because there are often multiple legal avenues for compensation, construction site accident claims can be extremely complicated. At The Perecman Firm, our New York attorneys are well-versed in construction accident claims, and our founding partner David Perecman has earned a reputation as one of the most highly-experienced lawyers in this area. If you are injured during a construction project in 2019 or beyond, you can count on our team to provide the powerful legal advocacy that you deserve.
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