A construction worker was hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit on the head by rocks in Manhattan. According to a Pix11.com news report, the construction accident occurred the afternoon of Oct. 7 at a worksite near West 21st Street and Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District. Police had said a vehicle hit the construction worker.
It was not clear whether he was struck by the car before or after being struck by the falling rocks. The worker was in cardiac arrest and bleeding from the head when emergency responders arrived at the scene. The man was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, FDNY officials said. The victim was said to be awake and breathing when officials arrived. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured worker
Struck-by injuries at construction sites occur when a worker comes into forcible contact with a flying, falling, swinging or rolling object. Of the Fatal Four hazards in construction (falls, struck-by, electrocution and caught in/between), struck-by hazards are the second highest cause of fatalities among construction workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), struck-by injuries accounted for 93 construction worker deaths in 2016, which is 9.4 percent of the 991 fatalities caused by construction site hazards.
Here are the four common struck-by hazards in construction:
Struck by flying objects: In a construction site, flying objects may include being struck by accidental nail gun discharges, accidentally thrown tools or debris or even a tip flying off a saw blade. Power tools should be inspected at all times to ensure protective guards are in place and in proper working condition. Workers should also be provided with protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, goggles or a face shield when using power tools.
Struck by falling objects: This can include everything from tools and materials being knocked off or falling off of unprotected edges to a suspended load on a crane coming loose. Workers should avoid areas where work is being performed overhead. These areas should be marked off to protect workers from being struck by falling debris or tools. Tools and materials should be properly secured any time overhead work is being performed. Toe boards or screens should be used to prevent objects falling. Debris nets and catch platforms can help deflect falling objects as well.
Swinging object hazards: These types of hazards occur when materials are being mechanically lifted and something causes the load to sway or swing. Workers should be trained to stay well outside the swing radius of a crane and verify that the equipment operator can see them at all times.
Struck by rolling objects: This might include a worker being struck by a vehicle or heavy equipment. Work areas should be well protected so passing vehicles are not able to access the site. Workers should also be made aware of areas where heavy equipment is being utilized so they can avoid those areas and the associated hazards.
Rolling object-related injuries usually involve a worker being struck by a vehicle or heavy equipment while it’s in motion but also include any object that rolls, moves or slides on the same level as a worker. Struck-by accidents involving heavy equipment often occur due to inadequate training on how to safely operate the machinery.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
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.
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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