According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents.” For construction workers in New York, this is particularly true. Falls are the most common cause of death in the construction industry itself, accounting for 39.9% of all fatal construction accidents in the year 2014.
Falls – A Daily Risk For NYC Workers
It’s easy to see why. Look around any job site in New York City and you’ll see numerous slip, trip, and fall hazards. From open holes in flooring to workers overreaching on ladders, construction workers in New York City must routinely access elevated positions, risking their lives to construct the buildings and structures that make our city possible. Accidents occur with concerning frequency, often leaving workers in serious medical conditions, such as the Brooklyn worker who fell 15 feet into a trench in April of 2016. These types of accidents not only accrue large medical bills but cause tremendous amounts of pain and suffering for the victim and their family.
New York City Construction Site Slip, Trip, & Fall Lawyers
Were you injured in a construction site slip, trip, and fall accident? As an employee in New York City, you are entitled to a Workers Compensation claim. Workers Comp is intended to reimburse injured workers for medical expenses, lost wages – and nothing else. In many cases, a workers compensation insurance company’s settlement offer will be insufficient, and you could spend years making the rest up out of pocket.
But there’s another way. If your slip and fall accident was caused by unaddressed hazards on the work site, defective tools or equipment, or another condition that could have been prevented, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. The New York City construction site slip, trip, and fall lawyers at Banville Law have helped numerous injured workers just like you. Over decades of successful legal representation, we’ve secured high-value settlements and verdicts – allowing New York’s accident victims a peaceful, secure recovery. Now it’s your turn.
What Are The Major Causes?
Most construction site slip or trip, and fall accidents are caused by one (or a combination) of the following problems:
- Slippery substances on the floor. Grease, water, oil, mud, and ice cause numerous debilitating slip, trip, and fall accidents each year. In fact, OSHA reports that “over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls.” Cleaning up spills on the site is everyone’s responsibility. As a worker, you have a duty to be vigilant and clean slippery substances when you notice them.
- Flooring has no traction. Metal and concrete floors can be worn smooth by daily foot traffic, creating unstable surfaces for workers to cross. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear, with adequate tread, and report dangerous situations to your employer immediately.
- Openings in walls and floors of unfinished structures. When a building isn’t done, many walls and pieces of floor will be missing. OSHA requires employers to protect their workers from harm by setting up prevention measures like safety nets.
Although both OSHA and New York State have established rigorous safety regulations for construction sites across New York City, slip, trip, and fall accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. OSHA reports that the most frequently violated construction site regulations are:
- Improperly constructed scaffolding
- Inappropriate fall protection interventions
- Poor hazard communication
Employers in New York City must provide their workers with adequate safety equipment, including that specifically designed to prevent falls from heights. All employees working at heights must be provided, and adequately trained in the use of: safety nets, harnesses, guardrails, and warning lines.
Contact An Attorney
You’ve fallen. You’re hurt and missing days at work. Now it’s time to get up. And while your employer and New York’s Workers Compensation system may want you to settle, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Banville Law have a different plan.
We want to see you recover and reenter the work force stronger than ever. Filing a personal injury lawsuit will not only put money in your pocket, it will hold those responsible for your accident accountable. Contact Banville Law for a free consultation. It’s time to stand again.