Every job has some form of occupational hazard, but it could be argued that the occupational hazards that construction workers face are significantly more dangerous than most other workers. From the heavy moving parts of various machines to the extreme heights of the New York skyscrapers, construction workers inhabit extremely dangerous areas on a near-daily basis. Additionally, New York’s workers’ compensation laws have changed so that there is a maximum amount of benefits that workers can receive based on their injuries. This is why construction workers need someone looking out for them if they get injured on the job.
An unfortunate construction worker in Vermont was recently killed on the job when he was struck by a car. Police are still investigating the incident, but the worker was reportedly removing fog line markers when he was struck, and died at the scene.
This accident occurred in Vermont, but a similar scenario could easily occur on the busy streets of New York, where drivers are certainly not known for their caution. It’s simply another danger that construction workers must face that is beyond their control. No matter how well you do your job as a construction worker, another person’s negligence could affect you, but you shouldn’t have to pay for their mistakes.
If you or someone you know works in construction and has been the victim of a workplace injury, it is advisable to seek out legal assistance to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation due for your injury. A workplace injury can put the livelihood of you and your family at risk, so you can’t be too careful in how you handle the case. The most important thing is for you to make a full recovery and not have to worry about whether or not your family is provided for.
Source: WPTZ, “Construction worker struck, killed on I-89,” July 31, 2014