Five workers were transported to the hospital with injuries after a construction accident on RFK Bridge. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the construction crew had parked their flatbed truck and were about to start work when a moving company truck slammed into the back of the crew’s vehicle. Two workers — a 44-year-old and 55-year-old – who were standing on the flatbed – were thrown onto the roadway.
Serious Injuries Reported
Emergency personnel rushed the two construction workers to a local hospital where the younger man remained in critical condition and the older worker was in serious condition. A 38-year-old woman who was driving the flatbed truck and two other construction workers who were also injured in the crash were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 25-year-old man driving the box truck, owned by a local moving and storage company, remained at the scene. No charges were immediately filed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the workers who were injured in this collision and we wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, struck-by incidents contributed to 804 construction worker fatalities in the United States from 2011 to 2015, the most of any major industry. About 52 percent of the fatalities involved workers who had been struck by an object or equipment. The remaining deaths involved workers struck by vehicles, the report states.
The report also showed that 57 percent of the struck-by vehicle fatalities occurred in work zones. Also, 114 deaths were the result of being struck by a passenger vehicle, and 112 workers died after being hit by a truck. Highway, street and bridge workers accounted for 264 of the 804 construction deaths during the period. Construction workers 65 and older experienced the highest rate of struck-by fatalities. Highway maintenance workers, power-line installers and excavating or loading machine operators experienced the most struck-by fatalities.
A lot of the struck-by injuries at construction sites involve vehicles or heavy equipment that is in motion. Workers should be well protected and equipped with safety gear at all times, including from the hazards of construction vehicles as well as other traffic on the roadway. The construction area should be clearly marked and signs should be posted.
A number of construction accidents involving third-party vehicles occur because of drivers’ negligence (carelessness). Some of the common causes of these types of accidents include distracted driving, impaired driving, traveling at an excessive rate of speed and mechanical malfunction caused by poorly-maintained vehicles. Struck-by accidents result in major injuries for construction workers that may disable them and leave them unable to pursue their work or earn a future livelihood.
Compensation for Injured Workers
General construction companies, managing agents, building owners, some contractors and sub-contractors have a duty to provide workers with protective gear such as hard hats, harnesses, goggles for eye safety, steel-toed boots and other equipment that helps them stay safe on the job. They also have a duty to provide workers with job and safety training in a language they can understand.
Workers who are injured in construction accidents may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits, which typically cover medical and drug expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, workers and their families may be able to file a third-party lawsuit for substantial money damages against a number of parties, and thus have two sources of compensation. Third-party claims are filed against parties other than the employer or co-employees and may include general contractors, sub-contractors, building owners, managing agents, construction companies, etc.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you have suffered injuries 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. 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. 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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