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Causes of Construction Accidents and What to do When Injured

Steps to Take After a New York City Construction Accident

The construction industry is among the most dangerous industries in the United States. Safety guidelines are often put in place to protect workers while they are handling dangerous tasks that put them at risk of injury. Despite these safety guidelines, accidents can still happen. Find out below what you should do if you’re injured in a New York construction accident.

Which Accidents Are Most Common?

Certain types of construction accidents are more common than others. There are four types of accidents that are known to commonly occur at construction sites called the “Fatal Four.” These include falls, electrocution incidents, getting struck by a heavy object, and/or getting stuck between heavy objects. These incidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death.

In a single year, an average of around 362 construction workers will lose their lives as a result of fall-related construction accidents. So, how exactly do these falls happen? A worker may end up falling for one of the following reasons:

  • There are holes in the floor
  • The sides of an area are not protected
  • The scaffolding equipment is damaged 
  • Steel rebars are not properly guarded
  • Ladders are not being used in the correct manner

When a worker gets struck by something, it could be the result of a piece of debris that comes off a building or a vehicle operator that does not see the construction worker while he or she is out on the road. Falling walls or flying objects can also cause an unsuspecting worker to fall.

If construction workers unintentionally come in contact with power lines and other electrical devices, they face the possibility of being electrocuted. They can also get stuck between heavy objects when areas are deemed unsafe and there is no safe system in place to protect workers from such injuries.

Violations That Can Lead to Accidents

When construction companies are in violation of the guidelines and rules set by OSHA, accidents are more likely to occur. These accidents might occur because of one or more of the following issues:

  • Workers were not provided with protective fall gear
  • The conditions of a building or road were unsafe in some way
  • Something randomly exploded while workers were completing tasks
  • Power tools were defective and stopped working, resulting in injuries
  • Materials were not stored correctly
  • The worksite was not properly inspected
  • There was a design failure

These are a few of the reasons why different construction accidents might occur.

Determining Liability When Injured on the Job

Although the employer of the construction worker is often the one responsible for the injuries sustained, sometimes it does go beyond that. If faulty equipment is to blame for injuries sustained, workers may need to file a claim against the manufacturer for failing to provide safe equipment. If a co-worker is to blame because he or she was not paying attention and put other people at risk, he or she may also be responsible for the negligence that caused injuries to occur.

Anyone who is involved in a construction accident should immediately seek medical assistance and then make a report of the incident with their employer. It is wise for these individuals to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney for advice, too.

Contact a New York City Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Discuss Your New York Workplace Injury Case

A work-related injury can be devastating, particularly if it prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time. Although New York workers’ compensation laws are supposed to provide you with reimbursement for medical expenses and replacement pay for missed time at work, it is not always easy to get the workers’ comp benefits you deserve. That is why you should speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer about your situation and get guidance throughout the claims process. Proner & Proner represents clients in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and all across New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury case. Our main office is located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165, and we also have offices in Queens, Brooklyn, Bethel, and the Bronx.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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