Construction accidents in New York City dropped by 18 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year. According to a report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), there were 128 construction accidents in 2011 compared to 157 in 2010. Injuries also decreased dropping from 165 reported in 2010 to 152 last year. The construction industry in New York City saw five construction-related deaths last year, which was one more than the industry total in 2010. All of the deaths were caused because of improper procedures or safety violations at the worksite. OSHA reported that falling is the most common type of construction accident in the city. There were 66 falls in 2010 and 52 in 2011. Lack of fall protection was one of the most common causes of some of these fatalities last year.
In an effort to decrease accidents at construction sites and improve workplace safety, OSHA implemented 25 new safety laws. Some of these new rules include no smoking on construction sites and mandatory training for workers who operate cranes. OSHA also launched a campaign to promote worker safety, which included encouraging workers to use safety equipment such as harnesses and guardrails. Employers are also required to provide other safety equipment such as hard hats, goggles, vests and gloves. Each employee should be trained on how to use the equipment and companies should survey the worksite frequently to make sure that workers are adhering to all safety standards.
Construction accidents can result in minor, moderate or severe injuries. In some cases, a worker can die in a workplace accident. Broken bones, back injuries, head injuries, internal bleeding and dismemberment are examples of some of the injuries that can result from construction accidents. Victims injured in a construction accident may be entitled to compensation by filing for workers compensation benefits to cover medical bills or lost wages. Construction companies are required to provide this type of coverage. In addition, cases that involve third-party negligence may mean additional compensation for the victim if a civil lawsuit is filed. Third parties can include general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners, manufacturers of defective products, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York construction accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker who was injured on the job – one of the highest construction case settlements in New York in 2010. Please contact us at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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