The city of New York has long been one of the most massive, impressive metropolises on the face of the planet, with well-known skyscrapers and buildings that attract tourists from all over the globe. The city is currently experiencing a surge in construction, transforming barren areas into large areas of commerce and residence. While this is good news for the construction industry, time is indicating that it may be bad news for construction workers.
Construction work is without a doubt some of the most dangerous labor that an individual can perform, and this is perhaps even more true in large cities like New York, where a great deal of the work takes place on unsteady terrain many stories above the ground. The slightest mistake can cause a worker tumbling down to his death, and, unfortunately, it seems that such tragedies are not at all uncommon.
The truth is that while the rate of new construction rapidly increases in New York City, the rate of deaths and injuries for construction workers is increasing even faster. Most notably is that for the past two years, multiple reviews of such incidents have determined that many of these injuries are avoidable. It seems that many basic safety steps and regulations are simply not adequate enough to prevent injuries that should be easily preventable. This includes things like wearing harnesses or helmets.
More than 300 construction workers were injured last fiscal year, which is more than 50 percent higher than the previous fiscal year. If you were one of these many injured workers, or if you find yourself suffering a construction injury, consider enlisting the aid of an attorney. Even if your employer’s insurance company offers you a workers’ compensation settlement, it could be in your best interests to consult with an attorney and ensure that the settlement provides enough to compensate the full extent of your injuries.
Source: New York Times, “Safety Lapses and Deaths Amid a Building Boom in New York,” David W. Chen, Nov. 26, 2015