America’s Construction Industry
America was built on industry, on labor – on the world’s toughest, most dedicated workforce. No less than any other state, New York has been an industrial capital since our nation’s founding. Today, much has remained the same. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that, at any given time, America is home to more than 8 million work sites. In all, there are nearly 130 million American construction workers on the job each year.
In 2012 alone, 4,628 construction workers were fatally injured on work sites. Experts agree that construction work is one of America’s most dangerous occupations. But OSHA only employs 2,000 inspectors – men and women ensuring that work condition standards are met across the nation. Obviously, the danger of workplace accidents is far greater than the government’s response. In many cases, New York City’s injured construction workers are left without their government’s assistance. Instead, they must turn to experienced personal injury lawyers.
Construction Accident Lawyers In New York City
Most injured construction workers in New York City assume that New York State’s Workers Compensation System will support them during this trying time. In fact, construction workers have an absolute right to compensation after a workplace injury. Workers compensation generally covers medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing care if temporary or permanent disability results from a work accident. But tragically, New York State’s Workers’ Compensation Board routinely denies applications for compensation – even in cases where injured workers have every right to it. The construction accident lawyers at Banville Law have handled construction accident cases for decades. We take a three-pronged approach to every injured clients’ case: strengthening initial workers compensation claims, guarding against denials, and preparing personal injury lawsuits for trial. Our mission is and has always been to seek maximum compensation for New York City’s injured construction workers.
Experience With Various Types of Accidents
In many cases, New York’s Workers Compensation Board makes an offer that is simply insufficient to cover medical expenses and lost wages. Most serious injuries sustained in construction accidents require legal action. By filing a lawsuit, construction accident victims can seek compensation from negligent parties. In our decades of experience, the construction accident attorneys at Banville Law have successfully handled cases involving the following circumstances:
- Scaffold Accident
- Forklift Accident
- Crane Accident
- Fall From Ladder
- Building Collapse
- Ceiling Collapse
- Gas Explosion Accident
- Falling Object Accident
- Nail Gun Accident
- Welding Accident
- Electrocution Accident
- Heavy Machinery Accident
- Slip, Trip & Fall Accident
Don’t see your construction accident in the list? Don’t worry – Banville Law’s personal injury attorneys are pleased to assist any and all construction workers injured on the job. We have represented clients from various areas of the state, including a large number of workers from Brooklyn, Queens, and the other boroughs and counties of the city. Contact our construction accident legal team to review your case.
Who Is Responsible?
It’s common knowledge that construction accident cases are some of the hardest lawsuits to pursue. New York State’s Workers Compensation system makes it impossible for a worker to directly sue their own employer for negligence. But there are many other avenues to pursue in the search for accountability. Numerous parties are involved on each construction site. There are often multiple independent contractors, equipment producers, architects, and property owners. This plurality of interested parties makes determining liability exceedingly difficult, even for a seasoned construction accident lawyer. In fact, any one of these parties may have created the conditions that led to your accident through their own negligence. It is the work of a distinguished personal injury attorney to determine who should be accountable.
In addition to the sheer number of individuals and businesses involved, many of them possess vast financial resources, allowing them to hire extensive teams of lawyers for their defense. The New York City construction accident lawyers at Banville Law believe that every worker in deserves thorough, experienced legal counsel – no matter their circumstances. That’s why we always work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we secure a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.
Have You Suffered An Injury? Contact An Attorney
Were you injured in a construction accident? Before speaking to an insurance company, or filing for Workers Comp, contact the New York City construction accident lawyers at Banville Law. Our personal injury attorneys approach each case with compassion while pursuing guilty parties aggressively. We offer a free consultation to every injured construction worker in New York. We believe in your case and want nothing more than to protect your future.
Were you injured in a New York City construction accident? Are you suffering from injuries that have kept you out of work, and facing significant medical expenses?
Every day, injured construction workers turn to the trusted legal guidance and expertise of the personal injury lawyers at Banville Law. Our attorneys have helped workers for decades – and now we want to help you.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
New York’s Workers Compensation System was established to protect construction workers. Employers are now required to purchase insurance that will cover their employees’ medical expenses and lost wages after an accident. In exchange for this guarantee, workers lost the ability to directly sue their employers for negligence and damages. Workers Comp was a bargain – a bargain that handed the lives and livelihoods of workers across New York City over to insurance companies. Companies that routinely deny injured construction workers their rights, and the compensation to which they are entitled.
The system has failed. Instead of protection, workers got hours of paperwork and the run-around from huge corporations that make substantial profits. So who really protects construction workers in New York City? Who provides for their futures?
Personal injury lawyers, especially those experienced in construction accident law, step in when Workers Comp abandons workers. Although we can only sue your employers in rare instances, many construction accidents are actually caused by third parties: engineers, architects, independent contractors, subcontractors, and property owners. If these parties acted negligently, they can be pursued in a court of law. And injured workers stand to receive fair and adequate compensation for their injuries.
Latest Construction Injury Updates
By Laurence Banville
Construction accidents take many forms on construction sites, some of them include scaffolding, forklift, gas explosions, and welding accidents. Here you will find Banville Law's latest news about construction site accidents.
February 1st, 2019 – Critics Say New York Does Uphold The Construction Laws It Passes
Construction accidents and injuries are on the rise and critics are saying this is because the Department of Buildings is failing to enforce the laws it has put into place. For example, in 2018, the DOB was supposed to required construction workers to take a specific amount of training before they were allowed to work on a job site, however, that has yet to occur.
January 2nd, 2019 – 2018 Had The Highest Number Of Construction Accidents In A Decade
According to a recent report, between January and October of 2018, New York had already reached the highest number of construction accidents in a decade. This is without the final two months being added in. This increase comes despite the efforts made by the Mayor and the Department of Buildings to increase worker safety by requiring construction workers to complete 40 hours of training.
December 1st, 2018 – Construction Worker Shortage Expected Due To Arrival Of Amazon
The state of New York has already been impacted by a massive construction boom and it can be difficult to find the necessary number of construction workers to complete a job. Now, with the arrival of Amazon, that shortage is expected to increase. Unfortunately, this will likely result in an increase in construction accidents, causing injuries and fatalities on the job.
November 1st, 2018 – Construction Unemployment Has Fallen In 30 States
Although typically unemployment rates dropping is a good thing, in construction, it can mean that the number of injured workers will soon go up. With a rise in the number of construction jobs, company owners will be pushing workers to work harder and longer and often without the proper safety protocols in place.
October 11, 2018 – Building Collapse In Brooklyn Results In Death of 1 Worker
Last month a retaining wall located on a construction site at 39th Street in Sunset Park cracked and collapsed above a trench. The collapse occurred while several men were working in the trench and all but one were able to escape the avalanche of rubble. Some witnesses said that the whole wall fell right on top of the 47-year-old worker. The FDNY worked at the scene of the accident to rescue the man but later turned into a recovery effort after hours of effort to find him were unsuccessful. The worker’s body was recovered the following day by firefighters.
September 20, 2018 – Traffic Backs Up After Crane Accident In Midtown
On September 11, a crane accident occurred around 10 am on 12th Street at a construction site. A steel beam was being hoisted by a crane when it hit another steel beam at the site. The two beams collapsed onto scaffolding causing traffic to come to back up. There were no injuries reported and the Department of Buildings is investigating the accident.
August 22, 2018 – Fatal Scaffolding Accident Occurs In Manhattan
In Upper Manhattan, a group of six construction workers were doing minor work to the exterior of a building located on Riverside Drive. One 28-year-old worker was working on a landing below the roof when he was hit on the head by a falling piece of scaffolding that was being taken down by co-workers above. The victim was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials from the NYC Department of Buildings are investigating the accident.
July 9, 2018 – Wall Panel Falls In Harlem At Construction Site Injuring Three People
On June 25, a construction crew was installing a curtain wall on a building in East Harlem. Around 11:10 am, the mini crane the crew was using lost control and toppled over falling 3 or 4 stories down to the ground and taking 1 construction worker and a wall panel with it. Two other workers were injured as the machinery fell. The construction workers were all taken to Harlem Hospital and the man who fell several stories was in critical condition after the panel landed on his leg. He was later upgraded to stable condition. The accident is being investigated.
June 29, 2018 – Construction Trailer In Brooklyn Hit By Car
Around 3:10 am on June 28, an Infiniti M35 crashed into a stationary construction trailer in Brooklyn. The car was wedged underneath the trailer and it took around 30 minutes for medics to free the driver and his female passenger from the wreck. The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the passenger, as well as a construction worker who was inside the trailer at the time of the accident, were also taken to the hospital for treatment.
May 30, 2018 – One Man Dead In Manhattan Construction Accident
Construction crews were working on a skyscraper located on West 57th Street on Saturday, May 26. At around 10:30 am a large glass panel fell from the site and crushed a 67-year-old security guard, pinning him underneath it. The man was rush to Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead after suffering severe body trauma. A 27-year-old construction worker was also injured when he attempted to help the security guard. He is in stable condition. The cause of the accident is being investigated by city building inspectors.
April 30, 2018 – Collapsed Scaffolding Injures 3 In Brooklyn
On Saturday, April 14, around 11:00 am construction crews were disassembling scaffolding near Brooklyn Borough Hall when a 20-foot section of the structure began to collapse. Three people were injured in the accident, two pedestrians and 1 construction worker. One of the subway stations accesses from Borough Hall was shut down while crews cleaned up the debris. The company operating the site was cited and fined $25,000 by the New York Department of Buildings, and the cause the accident is under investigation.
March 30, 2018 – Construction Worker Dies In Accident At Queens Site
On Tuesday, March 13, an accident occurred at a Queens construction site which killed one worker. The 34-year-old construction worker was on top of a forklift when the accident happened. The man was crushed between the heavy machine and a wall and died on the scene. The construction site has numerous safety violations and the deceased worker had even expressed concern for his safety prior to the accident occurring. The site currently has 37 open Environmental Control Board violations.
February 9, 2018 – Construction Worker Dies In An Elevator Fall At Manhattan Job Site
On January 23, a 33-year-old Brooklyn man fell almost 100 feet down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan construction site just before 9 am. The worker died at the scene. A group of construction workers were installing a new elevator cart into a 12 story hotel. The construction site was non-union and had already received 17 complaints to the Department of Buildings over the past year including one regarding workers not wearing safety equipment. A stop work order has been issued for the construction site.
January 3, 2018 – Falling Object Kills Construction Worker In Manhattan
On Monday, December 18, a bracket fell from the roof of a Chelsea building striking a construction worker who stood on the sidewalk below in the head. The man was found unconscious at about 8:40 am and was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The bracket was supporting scaffolding on the building which was under construction. A full stop-work has been placed on the site, which has had six buildings department violations issued in a little over a year.
December 11, 2017 – New York City Winds Cause Scaffolding Collapse
On Sunday, November 19, high winds caused scaffolding in SoHo above the subway to collapse at around 11:30 am. The wind gusts hit 30 – 35 mph and the collapse injured 5 people. The injured people were taken to Bellevue Medical Center. According to a New York City Fire Department official, a piece of plywood flew in the wind gust acting “like a sail” and brought the entire scaffolding down.
November 15, 2017 – Construction Worker Dies From Fall
Last month, a 60-year-old construction worker fell from the roof of a two-story home in Corona at 94 – 22 50th Ave., while installing solar panels. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and pronounced dead. The man was not identified. A permit had been filed for the installation according to the Department of Buildings and police are investigating the incident but do not suspect any criminality.
October 6, 2017 – Construction Worker Dies In Fall At Midtown Site
On Thursday, September 21, around 2 pm two men fell from the third floor in an external elevator at a construction site in Midtown. A 45-year old worker was pronounced dead at the scene according to the police and another 45-year-old man was rushed to the hospital and was reported in stable condition. On the same day at around 9:20 am another worker fatally fell from the top story of a luxury apartment building onto to scaffolding on the first level at a Lower Manhattan construction site.
September 8, 2017 – Construction Worker Dies After 2-Story Fall
A 22-year-old construction worker fell 2 stories down an elevator shaft on Friday, August 18. The worker, from Yonkers, fell at around 9:40 am at a Fifth Avenue construction site that is set to be a 55-story residential building and is due to be completed in 2019. The man suffered head trauma and sadly, was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. The Department of Buildings is investigating the incident but the circumstances surrounding the fall are not currently clear.
August 1, 2017 – Manhattan Construction Worker Electrocuted On The Job Site
A Manhattan construction worker received a high-voltage shock of electricity on Tuesday, July 18 at about 1:45 pm. The man was working on top of a 29-story office building in Murray Hill near East 32nd Street at the time of the accident. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and is in extremely critical condition. Authorities are investigating how this incident took place.
July 5, 2017 – Three Workers Injured In Queens Construction Accident
On June 20, a crane accidentally dropped a bundle of building materials on top of a Queens building around 3:40 pm. Emergency crews pulled three construction workers from the rubble who had been loading materials on the roof when it collapsed beneath them. Two of the men were rescued and sent to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition while the third man needed to be extricated by firefighters. He was rescued at around 5:30 pm and was alert, speaking with first responders. He was classified as in serious condition.
June 14, 2017 – Fatal Fall At Construction Site In NYC
On Monday, June 5th, a construction worker died at a work site in Hudson Yards. The construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene after he fell several stories from a platform which collapsed as he was standing on it. The 62-year-old man fell from the 16th floor to the 6th floor, according to the police. The site where he was working is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and will be called 1 Manhattan West as a part of a large-scale real-estate development program.
May 10, 2017 – Fall Is Fatal For Construction Worker In Times Square
On Wednesday, April 12, a 59-year-old construction worker fell from an I-beam on the second floor of a building under construction in Times Square. He fell 18 feet and later died at Mount Sinai West as a result of the fall. City officials are calling the accident “completely preventable” and City Buildings Commissioner, Rick Chandler, stated that “there should have been tie offs with his personal protection equipment which he was wearing.” A work stop order has been placed on the building.
April 11, 2017 – Construction Worker Injured At Queens Site
A construction worker’s legs were pinned under a seven-ton I-beam in an accident that occurred at a Queens job site on Wednesday, April 5th. According to the Deputy Chief, the beam was attached to a crawler crane and being used to drive steel sheeting into the ground. The cable holding the beam snapped, falling on top of the worker’s lower legs. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene and firefighters used a rope to hoist the beam off the man who was conscious the entire time. The rescue took about 15 minutes and the man suffered two broken legs. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition.
March 14, 2017 – Fatalities And Violations Rising According To New Report
A recent construction fatality report was released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health states that regulations and code violations are rising across the state as well as construction worker deaths. The NYCOSH report found that 30 workers have died in 2 years and in this past decade in New York, almost 500 construction workers have died. In response, NYCOSH is calling for an expansion of the OSHA 10 and calls for the monitoring and enforcement of laws which combat such issues.
February 14, 2017 – Fatal Construction Accident In Queens
A 28-year-old construction worker died after being crushed in a freak accident this past weekend. The man was driving a forklift which he put in neutral and stopped in front of a van in order to load boxes. He was pinned between the two vehicles when the forklift rolled forward. The man was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center but unfortunately passed away there. The fatal accident occurred in Queens outside of an FDNY warehouse, according to police.
January 4, 2017 – NYC Construction Worker Falls To His Death
While working on a 19-story condominium building project on Friday, December 23 a 30-year-old construction worker fell from the third floor to the basement down an elevator shaft. The man suffered head trauma, despite wearing a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the Lenox Hill Hospital. The man was wearing a harness, according to coworkers, but it wasn’t hooked to a cable which police later confirmed was the cause of the fatal accident. The Post reported that OSHA had fined Noble Construction Group previously and had logged three violations in May of 2015. The construction company has stated that they are working to determine the cause of the accident and “will provide any assistance requested by investigators.”
December 2, 2016 – 2 Construction Workers Killed At Queens Job Site
On Tuesday, November 22 two construction workers were killed at a Queens job site when a crane wire snapped dropping a 6,500-pound steel beam onto the cab of the crane. The crane operator and his flag man were killed. Winds were gusting at almost 40 mph, which is above the 30mph legal limit during which cranes are allowed to operate. While the city is investigating whether the wind was a contributing factor to the tragic accident, city officials do not think that is likely.
November 8, 2016 – Construction Accident In Brooklyn Results In Death Of Bronx Man
On October 11th around 1:20pm, a construction worker was killed at a work site in Downtown Brooklyn. According to police, the worker was on a job at 61 Bond Street between State Street and Schermerhorn Street. The Bronx man was operating a pile drilling machine when a shackle came off the machine striking the worker in the head, knocking him unconscious. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
October 4, 2016 – 2015 Construction Related Injuries and Fatalities Report Fails To Recognize Some Deaths
According to an article in Crain’s New York Business, the official 2015 construction-related fatality and injury count failed to include six deaths at construction sites. The agency responsible for conducting and reporting the count, the NYC Department of Buildings, only includes fatalities at construction sites that pose a threat to public safety, meaning a danger to people other than construction workers. That means that last year’s report excluded the deaths of workers such as the ironworker who died from a ladder fall to the concrete below or the death of the construction safety coordinator who was crushed by a crane.
September 13, 2016 – Many Workers Continue To Struggle With Effects Of 9/11
This past Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the terror attack on the United States on September 11th. While rebuilding where the Twin Towers once stood is almost complete, the emotional pain remains for those who were “working the pile.” The construction crew charged with removing the remains of the World Trade Center found themselves to be an integral part of a demolition turned recovery mission. News continues to circulate today regarding the devastating physical effects, such as cancer, that many First Responders face years after the attack. Much less though is mentioned regarding the severe mental and emotional tolls these brave workers faced after pulling bodies from the debris. In an interview with Bobby Gray, the foreman on the site, he commented that he continues to work on the location rebuilding it and that he will mark the anniversary date privately.
August 15, 2016- Crane Hits 3 World Trade Center During Wind Gust
On August 11th the weighted ball of a crane struck the 12th floor of 3 World Trade Center at about 8:30 pm. Fire officials stated that a gust of wind blew the crane into a window as it was being raised. No debris fell, there were no injuries, and no part of the building is in jeopardy of falling. Safety inspectors are looking into the accident. The building is one of three new skyscrapers which are replacing the Twin Towers. It is scheduled to open in early 2018.
April 14, 2016- Houston Workers Exposed To Struck-By And Amputation Hazards Leading To OSHA Fines
A Houston, Texas site being worked on by Alfa Lava Inc., has been cited and fined $172,700 in penalties for exposing workers to hazardous conditions. According to OSHA inspectors, the company repeatedly exposed workers to struck-by and amputation hazards by neglecting to put into action an energy control program that included training, or periodic inspections. Alfa Lava Inc.’s actions are considered as ignorant of common sense safety requirements by OSHA.
March 2, 2016- CATCO Demolition Services Cited For Leaving Employees Vulnerable To Risk
Catanzaro & Sons Enterprise, operating as CATCO Demolition Services, has been cited for what is called a willful violation, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA started investigating CATCO Demolition Services after a United Airlines Hanger No.14 at Newark Liberty International Airport collapsed during demolition. It was discovered that CATCO did not follow an approved demolition plan which created an unsafe environment for employees inside the hangar. The proposed penalty is $49,000.
February 11, 2016- NYC Crane Collapse Calls For New Safety Measures
On February 5th 2016, a crane collapsed onto a New York City street and killed one man and injured three other people. Following this collapse, various safety measures are going to be put in place. The new safety measures are going to affect the hundreds of cranes around the city. Mayor de Blasio has announced a succession of new restrictions that are meant to decrease the wind speed threshold necessary for cranes to be secured and increase the protection for pedestrians on sidewalks. Crane alerts will also be increased so that people know when cranes are being moved in an area.
February 4, 2016- DDP Roofing Services Cited For Exposing Workers To Fall Hazards
DDP Roofing Services Inc., in Pennsylvania has recently been cited for failing to provide fall protection equipment and methods, leading to repeat violation. This is not the company’s first citation, it has been cited eight times now since 2008 for similar hazards. DDP faces penalties of up to $41,580 for not ensuring that their employees have and use fall, as well as other safety protections to decrease the possible dangers commonly found in commercial construction work.
January 21, 2016- Lincoln, Nebraska Man Dies In Roofing Accident
A Lincoln, Nebraska man who had just started his job, fell through a roof in October 2015 and died later on. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, this man’s death could have been easily prevented if his employer’s provided the correct fall protection. The man was installing metal roofing sheets on a commercial building when he fell more than 20 feet to the concrete below and suffered fatal injuries. The construction company the man worked for is looking at a proposed $36,000 in penalties.
January 14, 2016- Negligent Work Safety Practices Cause 40-Foot Fall Of Construction Worker
A construction worker in West Chester, PA, fell 40 feet from a roof top and suffered serious and permanent injuries, that included paralysis from the waist down. An investigation into this accident by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, revealed that the employers of this man, High Quality Builders Inc., had frequently misused front-end loaders and other equipment in order to support scaffold platforms. The company was also cited for not supplying adequate fall protection. All in all the company was cited with eight serious violations and two repeat violations resulting in $72,880 in penalties.