Construction Site Accidents
Construction Site Accidents
Experienced New York Construction Accident Lawyers – Protecting Your Rights and Future
Construction accidents have seen a decline of nearly 40 percent over the past five years, thanks to the concerted efforts of organizations like OSHA. However, despite this progress, fatal and serious construction accidents remain all too common. In the construction industry, which employs over six million people, specific safety hazards persist, making accident prevention challenging. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it is crucial to seek immediate help from an experienced New York construction accident lawyer at Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C. – Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Construction Accident Statistics:
According to recent statistics, one in five worker deaths nationwide occurs at a construction site. In the New York boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, there were 231 reported construction accidents, resulting in eight fatalities.
The leading causes of construction site accidents include falls, objects striking workers, accidents involving mechanical equipment, and scaffold-related injuries. These hazards, collectively known as the “fatal four” by OSHA, are responsible for numerous fatalities each year. Eliminating these fatal four hazards could potentially save the lives of around 468 construction workers annually across the country.
New York’s Labor Laws Protecting Construction Workers:
Recognizing the high number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry, New York’s Labor Law has provisions in place to safeguard workers’ safety. Key sections include:
- Labor Law §200: Requires property owners and contractors to maintain safe construction sites that protect the lives, health, and safety of all individuals present. This applies not only to construction workers but also to others lawfully frequenting these places.
- Labor Law §240 (Scaffolding Law): Provides protection to construction workers and certain other types of workers who suffer injuries due to falls or falling objects caused by an owner’s or contractor’s failure to provide adequate safety devices.
- Labor Law §241(6): Imposes a non-delegable duty on owners and contractors to ensure reasonable and adequate safety for individuals employed in or lawfully frequenting areas with ongoing construction, excavation, or demolition work.
Other sections of New York’s Labor Law also protect workers under specific circumstances, such as elevator shaft accidents, inadequate flooring incidents, and injuries sustained by window washers.
The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents:
At Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C, our experienced New York Construction Lawyers have successfully represented numerous individuals injured in construction and scaffolding accidents. Some of the most common types of construction accidents we handle include:
- Lead exposure and respiratory diseases
- Accidents due to inadequate safety precautions and oversight
- Incidents involving heavy machinery and equipment
- Accidents related to improper use of power tools
- Crane, hoist, and scaffolding accidents
- Falls from ladders
- Improper storage or use of hazardous chemicals
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Slip and falls on construction sites
- Explosions at construction sites
- Accidents involving falling objects
- Welding-related accidents
- Electrical accidents
Contact Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C. – Your New York Construction Site Accident Attorneys:
If you or someone you love has suffered a construction site accident in New York, it’s vital to have an experienced personal injury law firm on your side from the very beginning. At Talisman & DeLorenz, P.C, we have over 50 years of extensive experience representing injured construction workers and their families. As Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, we are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring your future is protected.
Call us today at 718-302-6802 for a free consultation and review of your case, or fill out our confidential online contact form. You deserve a strong legal advocate who will stand by you, advocating for your rights and future.