Two workers were injured in a construction accident on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after a vehicle hit a board they were carrying, and the workers fell. According to a news report in the Staten Island Advance, the workers were transported to a Brooklyn hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. They fell about 16 feet from the upper deck to a protective barrier between the upper and lower roadways, an MTA spokeswoman said.
The two male contractors with Tutor Perini Corporation were walking on the roadway carrying a wooden board when they were struck by a passenger vehicle, which caused them to fall onto the protective barrier. The victims were not directly hit by any vehicles. One of them suffered a broken arm while the other sustained neck and back injuries. They are both expected to survive. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Common Construction Accidents
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in the year 2014, 899 or 20.5 percent were in construction. That means, one in five worker deaths that year were in construction. This incident underscores the hazards involved with construction activity and the injuries that may be sustained, particularly as a result of falls.
The leading causes of worker deaths in the construction industry were falls followed by electrocution, struck-by accidents, and caught in/between accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These four types of incidents, labeled the Fatal Four, contribute to more than half of all construction deaths each year. In 2014, falls caused 359 out of 899 deaths in the construction industry (39.9 percent).
Types of Injuries
The following are some of the most common types of injuries suffered as a result of fall:
• Traumatic brain injuries: When a worker falls and strikes his head on a hard surface, the result is often a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can be catastrophic, resulting in permanent or lifelong disabilities.
• Spinal cord trauma: When a person falls from a higher elevation, his or her spinal cord may become seriously damaged, resulting in partial or complete paralysis to the victim. Falls may also cause serious neck and back injuries that may lead to chronic and long-term pain.
• Broken bones: Bone fractures tend to occur in many construction site fall accidents. Whether it’s a broken hip, ribs, knee, arm or leg, these injuries typically take a long time to heal and often require lengthy rehabilitation and treatment.
• Internal organ damage: Falls may result in damage to vital internal organs such as the lungs, spleen or kidneys.
All these types of injuries may leave workers unable to return to their jobs. In some cases, they may never be able to return to work or earn a livelihood, which may prove devastating not just financially, but also emotionally for the injured victim as well as his or her family.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your legal rights are protected. First and foremost, report the accident to your employer, particularly your immediate supervisor. Obtain a copy of the report for your own records. Preserve any possible evidence from the scene including photographs of what caused your accident such as a broken ladder, spilled liquid, slippery surface, malfunctioning equipment, etc. Get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who is well versed in handling third-party claims.
If you have been injured on the job, you will be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, which mostly covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim against a negligent party other than the employer or a co-employee for significant monetary damages and have two sources of compensation available for your losses. Examples of third parties include, but are not limited to, general contractors, construction companies, sub-contractors, building owners, managing agents etc.
Contacting a Construction Accident Attorney
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. 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.
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