A 37-year-old worker died in a construction accident after he fell off the roof of a building. According to a WKBW news report, Buffalo police are investigating the incident where the man fell off the roof of St. John’s Parkside Church on Seneca Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not clear what caused the construction worker to fall off the roof and whether or not he was equipped with fall safety devices. The investigation into the cause of his fall is ongoing. Our deepest condolences go out to the worker’s family for their tragic loss.
Dangers Faced by Roofers
Many construction workers including roofers, ironworkers, steelworkers, laborers, carpenters, masons, bricklayers, painters, window washers, and electricians etc. carry out their tasks at elevations while on scaffolds, ladders, platforms, etc. Such jobs are often physically demanding and expose the workers to various perils. Roofers routinely encounter a number of risks while on the job, making it one of the most hazardous professions in the construction industry. Roofing accidents tend to lead to severe injuries, long-term health issues, and, in the worst cases, fatalities.
One of the constant dangers faced by roofers is the risk of falls. Working at heights, often on steeply pitched roofs, increases the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls. Despite safety measures like harnesses and guardrails, accidents can occur due to unstable surfaces, adverse weather conditions like rain or wind, or inadequate safety precautions.
The nature of the job also means roofers frequently handle heavy equipment and tools. Accidents involving these tools can also cause severe injuries such as lacerations, fractures, or even amputations. Additionally, working in extreme temperatures can lead to heatstroke, dehydration, or hypothermia. Electrical hazards and electrocution are a concern when roofers work near power lines or use electrical tools.
How New York’s Scaffold Law Applies to Roofers
New York’s Scaffolding Law (Section 240 of the New York Labor Law) imposes liability on contractors, owners and their agents for certain height-related injuries and requires them to be responsible for providing necessary equipment such as scaffolds, ladders, hoists, stays, irons, ropes, blocks braces, harnesses and other devices to keep workers, including roofers, safe and prevent fall-related accidents.
This law is particularly significant for construction workers as it emphasizes the importance of implementing and maintaining safety measures, including secure scaffolding, guardrails, and fall arrest systems, to prevent accidents and protect workers from severe injuries or fatalities while working from elevated locations in New York State.
Compensation for Workers and Families
Worksite accidents can have devastating consequences for the victims. Workers who have been injured in roofing accidents or other construction-related accidents may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, which covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, workers may also be able to file a third-party claim against a negligent (careless) party other than the employer or co-employees for significant monetary damages and have two sources of compensation available for their losses. Examples of third parties include, but are not limited to, general contractors, construction companies, sub-contractors, building owners, managing agents etc. In cases where a worker dies from injuries suffered on the job, surviving family members may seek death benefits through workers’ compensation and/or file a wrongful death claim against a third party who may be held liable for the fatal incident.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses.
Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker (an undocumented immigrant) who was injured on the job — one of the highest construction case settlements in New York that year. Our law firm also recovered $3,000,000 for a man who fell and suffered two broken legs when he walked into an open elevator shaft. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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