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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.

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.

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.

How can falls through roofs on construction sites be prevented?

When working on a construction site, you always have to watch where you step. Even if you are on the ground, it is all too easy to trip over something or even to fall into a ditch. But if you only fall a couple of feet, your risk of suffering a serious injury is relatively limited. This is not the case if you should fall from a great height. For this reason, it is critical to be aware of where you are stepping when you are working on a roof or an upper floor of a building.

Proper planning can help prevent work zone accidents

When working in a work zone on or near a roadway, there are many hazards you need to be aware of. Construction sites are filled with trucks and mobile equipment moving through the area. Workers are constantly exposed to the potential of being hit by these and other vehicles.

Backup accidents on construction sites cause serious injuries

Trucks and other large vehicles present some of the most serious hazards found on construction sites. Trucks used to bring in building materials are constantly on the premises, and frequently they back up in very tight quarters. In such situations, it is far too easy for a construction worker to be struck or even run over by a truck.

Construction-related injuries on the rise in New York City

Typically, when there is a building boom in New York City, the news is all good for construction workers. After all, more construction means there are more jobs available, and more jobs mean more opportunity to earn money. And since 2012, the Big Apple has enjoyed a 35 percent increase in construction jobs.

What fall protection measures must be taken on scaffolds?

A good portion of the work performed on a typical construction project is done above the ground and sometimes at very great heights. Obviously, this can present hazards for workers who would be seriously injured in the event of a fall. As such, protective measures must be in place to limit the possibilities of fall accidents occurring.

The right gear can help prevent jackhammer injuries

Construction work requires the use of machinery that is capable of performing very heavy tasks. Sometimes these tasks include tearing down what stands in order to build something new. And one of the most important tools used to help lay the foundation for new construction projects is the jackhammer. Jackhammers are strong enough to break through concrete, rocks and asphalt. So, needless to say, it is very important for operators to adhere to all requisite safety measures when using these powerful tools.

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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