What Type of Accident is Most Prevalent at New York Construction Sites?
Falls from heights above six feet may represent the most common cause of injuries and fatalities to construction workers in the United States. This is not surprising, considering that many individuals work on building construction, which requires them to spend time on roofs, ladders and scaffolding as well as partially completed surfaces. Even with the availability of workers compensation benefits, injured workers should also seek advice from an experienced New York construction accident law firm to help determine if they need to take additional legal action.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), almost all sites have unprotected sides and edges, wall openings, or floor holes at some point during construction. While federal regulations impose strict standards requiring the use of approved safety equipment and procedures anywhere risks exist, the ever-changing conditions at building sites can create sudden hazards that cause accidents even before workers can put appropriate protections in place.
If you work in the construction industry, you know the importance of following safe practices in dangerous conditions. However, you also know the challenges of doing your job while remaining watchful for the countless changes that occur as other workers do their jobs near you. It only takes a six-foot fall to cause serious injuries such as broken bones or even life-changing spinal cord or brain damage. If you suffer severe injuries in a construction accident, seek medical attention first, but make sure your employer receives notification as soon as possible. Then, seek advice from an attorney with experience in New York construction law who can assess your situation and educate you on all available legal options.
With more than two decades of experience, the attorneys at Rich & Rich, P.C. investigate the facts and circumstances of your construction site accident and determine the best legal strategy to recover the maximum amount of compensation. Call us at 646-736-3999 to discuss your legal options during a free initial consultation.