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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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, laborers face a particularly high risk of suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder. These injuries, which account for many of the injuries that workers in all occupations suffer, are often caused by lifting heavy objects or workers pushing themselves too far.

Unfortunately, some of these accidents are not preventable, no matter how much a construction company and their workers focus on safety and accident prevention. For victims of construction accidents, it is essential to focus on recovery and look for resources that may help.

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  • 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.
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