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Falling objects and other construction accident causes

For construction workers employed in various trades, the workplace is often a dangerous place. With falling objects, careless co-workers, dangerous machinery and other hazards, many people who are employed in this line of work suffer injuries or lose their lives in job site mishaps. In Staten Island, and other cities all over the state of New York, it is essential for injured construction workers and the families of those who pass away to examine all options on the table. Sometimes, resources that come with workers’ compensation, such as help with bills and death benefits, help tremendously.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has listed many of the dangers that construction workers face on-the-job, including trench and scaffolding collapses and falling from high places. Other reasons why these accidents take place include the improper use of safety gear, electrocution and repetitive motions. By using common sense, taking all possible precautionary measures and always watching out for problem areas on jobs, construction workers can reduce their chances of an accident.

Handling slip-and-fall accidents at work

Regardless of your line of work, a number of risks may be present every day you head into your work space. If you work in the construction industry, you may have to watch out for falling debris and potentially hazardous equipment. On the other hand, those who work in office spaces may suffer an injury due to repetitive motions. At Angiuli & Gentile, we also know that many workers in New York have been hurt after slipping and falling down. As a result, it is especially important for employers and workers in all industries to try and prevent these accidents from occurring.

As an employee, you should always be vigilant and report any potential hazards you notice, such as water that is dripping from a leaky pipe. Whether you work in a grocery store, a construction zone or any other work space, there are many reasons why floors become slippery or hazards increase the risk of a worker falling down.

Slipping and dangerous workplace accidents

When people think of on-the-job accidents, some picture construction sites or workplaces involving dangerous equipment. However, workers in all fields may suffer an injury or, in some cases, lose their life after falling down. In Richmond, and cities all over the state of New York, it is very important for workers in all occupations to understand how serious slipping sometimes is and take steps to prevent these types of incidents at work.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tripping, slipping and falling account for most workplace accidents in general industries. In fact, OSHA’s standards for walking surfaces are applicable to any type of employment location where employees work permanently, unless mining, agricultural or domestic work is the only job performed at the site. Surprisingly, slipping, tripping and falling is the second leading cause of accidental workplace fatalities, accounting for 15 percent of deaths.

New York man loses limb at work

From falling down to repetitive motions, there are various activities that may place workers from all fields in harm's way. However, in Staten Island, New York, and throughout the whole U.S., some people work in particularly risky fields. For example, those who work around dangerous equipment may find themselves injured in a jobsite accident or even lose their life. Depending on the extent of the injury a worker suffers, a lengthy road to recovery may lie ahead.

Those who came to rescue a worker who was injured on-the-job were searching for an arm he lost in the accident. After losing his limb, the man was sent to a medical center for treatment. In order to stop blood from flowing to the man's arm, law enforcement officials put a tourniquet on the worker's arm.

What are the costs associated with on-the-job traffic crashes?

From construction site accidents to mishaps in the office, on-the-job accidents can be very costly for workers as well as their employers. However, this is especially true regarding traffic crashes that occur while people are working in Staten Island, and other parts of New York.

When a worker passes away in an on-the-job traffic accident, it may cost his or her employer over $500,000, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Having said that, traffic accidents can also be costly for employers if their employees suffer an injury, which costs employers $74,000, on average. In fact, even accidents which do not result in the loss of life or injuries can be expensive.

Recovering from a repetitive strain injury

If you think of dangers in the workplace, you may envision mishaps on a construction site, slipping or falling down and other types of on-the-job accidents. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that even seemingly harmless activities at work can lead to an injury, over time. At the Staten Island law firm of Angiuli & Gentile, we know how troubling repetitive strain injuries can be for workers and their families.

Also known as a repetitive stress injury, you may suffer a repetitive strain injury after repeating the same movements for an extended period of time. For example, if you have a desk job and are required to type on a daily basis, or need to bend over regularly as part of your job duties, you may develop a considerable amount of pain in your nerves or muscles. Unfortunately, this pain can prevent you from carrying out your job duties and have a negative impact on your life in other ways, such as playing sports with your children.

Statistics on deadly construction accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 930 private sector construction deaths during 2015. Sadly, this represents an increase in the number of construction fatalities in comparison to 2014, when 899 workers in this group passed away. In Richmond, New York, and all parts of the U.S., it is essential for those employed in the construction industry to understand how widespread these accidents are and take preventative measures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that there are four primary causes of fatal construction accidents. These causes, which consist of electrocution, becoming caught in-between, falling and being struck by objects, account for more than half of the deadly construction-related accidents that take place per year. In fact, it is estimated that preventing all occurrences of these four types of accidents would result in over 600 fewer fatalities each year.

Construction sites and the risk of electrocution

Construction workers may face a number of dangers at work, including falling off of ladders, equipment malfunctions, falling debris and others. However, many also run the risk of suffering due to electrical shock. In Staten Island, and cities all over New York, electricians may sustain a debilitating injury after they are electrocuted. Moreover, electrical accidents can also injure those who work in other trades. As a result, it is pivotal for workers in the construction industry to identify risks on the job site and take preventative measures as well.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that electrocution is one of the primary causes of fatal construction accidents. In fact, 8.6 percent of construction workers who passed away in an on-the-job accident during 2015 died due to electrocution. Other major causes include falling, becoming caught-in between and being struck by objects.

New York workers hurt due to derailed train

For railroad workers, there are a variety of workplace hazards that may result in an accident, such as debris resulting in a train collision. In Staten Island, New York, and throughout the U.S., those who work for a railroad company should be aware of the job-related dangers they may face on a regular basis. For those who sustain an injury at work, carefully addressing the accident is essential.

A train that recently derailed in New York left four people hurt. Law enforcement officials say that the victims include the train's engineer, conductor as well as two railway company workers. Following the accident, a diesel spill was contained and officials say that no other harmful materials were released. The four victims sustained minor injuries and one worker had to spend the night in the hospital.

Can I refuse to work if I feel it's unsafe?

Both state and federal laws protect workers from having to work in unsafe conditions. Most notably, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted to set baselines laws that all employers must follow in order to maintain safe conditions in the workplace.

OSHA is designed to protect employees by ensuring employers:

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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