NEW YORK – Construction safety is a hot topic in the metro-area, and for good reason. In the past two years, more than 30 workers have died on work sites – and many more have been injured in preventable accidents.
It’s not a trend the city is particularly proud of. Recently, city council passed a bill that would track and publish a list of accidents at area construction sites. In the past, many accidents went unreported, but the newly passed legislation aims to reduce that bad habit by fining companies up to $25,000, if they fail to report an accident.
Other safety measures were included in the bill aim to make work zone safety a priority in New York. But a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the concerns extend beyond city and state borders.
“Construction accidents are on the rise across the country, and it’s very concerning – especially for families with workers in active areas like Brooklyn,” construction accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “From a safety standpoint, it’s important to keep up-to-date on major reports and statistics to make sure companies are abiding the regulations and standards that are necessary to keep our friends and loved ones safe when they’re on the job.”
Construction Dive, an online publication, recently reported on several statistics that should be concerning to anyone working in, or with family in the construction industry.
These statistics included:
4% – How much private construction fatalities have increased in just one year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Researchers found that workplace incidents are at their highest number since 2008.
47% – The share of fatalities that happen at small companies, or businesses with fewer than 10 employees. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, nearly half of all construction accidents involve smaller, often privately-owned, contractors. The Brooklyn construction accident attorneys say there is often less oversight at smaller companies, increasing the risk for workers.
250 micrograms – The maximum measurement of silica dust workers are legally allowed to be exposed to. This is an important number because contractors will soon be required to adhere to more stringent policies. This fall, OSHA will begin enforcing a new silica rule, which only allows workers to be exposed to 50 micrograms per cubic meter over an eight-hour period. Silica has been linked to lung cancer, kidney disease, and many other illnesses that are currently affecting thousands of Americans.
6,929 – The number of citations construction companies received last year for failing to provide workers with safety equipment that can reduce, or eliminate injuries as the result of falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury on U.S. construction sites, and many contractors are required to use harnesses, helmets, and other fall-protection items.
553,000 – The number of lives that have been saved due to regulations implemented in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. According to the AFL-CIO, safety regulations are working – but Brooklyn construction accident attorneys say there’s room for improvement. If all contractors supplied their workers with the most up-to-date training and safety equipment, most accidents could be prevented.
$1.5 Million – The fine one company received after a 2016 trench collapse killed a worker. That’s just the fine. There are other costs associated with a serious construction accident.
Unfortunately, insurance companies aren’t quick to give construction workers the maximum compensation they’re entitled to after an injury; and obtaining a strong legal advocate can help families get the best results possible.
The Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped many families in their fight to get what is fair, and the New York law firm has obtained over $2 billion for injured clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a work site or while operating heavy machinery, a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes can fight to get you compensation that will help cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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