A 23-year-old man died in a fall from the roof of a building that was under construction. The construction worker fell from a roof following a large gust of wind, despite wearing a safety harness. The man died from the 24-foot fall within hours of the accidents occurrence. Construction site falls are one of a multitude of accidents that can generate workers' compensation claims in New York and other states.
Construction work is an essential part of growth and maintenance for any city. However, workers involved with these jobs necessarily handle heavy equipment and power tools, which means there is the potential for serious injury. Workers in New York who have been injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation, which can cover their expenses and lost wages. This help is available for any type of injury, whether it occurred from a forklift accident, defective power tool or any other construction site accident.
For the longest time, the Scaffold Law has provided protection for construction workers in New York who suffer injuries due to fall accidents while working. The liability for accidents covered under the Scaffold Law mainly rests on the property owners and contractors, as they are required to provide workers' compensation and insurance in these cases. But this practice might soon come to an end as a proposition to adjust the Scaffold Law is made, which puts construction-worker negligence into the equation. Hence, contractors would no longer have absolute liability in falls and injuries.
Every construction company should make sure that their buildings are safe, not just for future users but also for the construction workers who are toiling to get the job done. Any accidents during the construction of the establishment, such as electrical accidents, falls and machinery accidents, may be grounds for a lawsuit from the workers or their families if a company is not willing to provide compensation for injuries or lost wages.