NEW YORK – There’s a construction boom with as many as 150,000 workers building homes, businesses and offices around the city. Some projects are daunting, but the biggest challenge these workers face is safety.
Since 2015, thirty construction workers have died at New York work sites. In response, City Council introduced the Construction Safety Act in January. The legislative package consists of 21 bills that aim to regulate, change and enforce safety in construction zones.
Parts of this package have been controversial, drawing protests from both sides. However, most of those who will be impacted by these bills agree that there needs to be a commitment to safety. The problem has been, and still is, determining what policies will be most effective.
MOST COMMON CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
A New York construction accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says most serious injuries occur after a fall, but almost all construction injuries are preventable.
“Falls account for nearly 40-percent of all work zone injuries in New York,” construction accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Electrocutions and falling objects are also common causes of injury, but proper training and the most up-to-date safety equipment can help reduce the number of accidents.”
In 2015, falls accounted for 364 out of the 937 total deaths in construction. If falls, electrocutions, falling objects, and pinning accidents could be prevented, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates 602 lives would have been saved that year.
OSHA is the arm of the Department of Labor which ensures that construction sites are abiding by today’s safety standards. However, there are gaps in the standards themselves.
New York construction accident lawyers say many workers receive little-to-no training, and some work sites lack proper supervision.
Superintendents in New York City are only required to take a 10-hour OSHA course in construction safety, and many organizations feel that is not enough. The Building Trades Employers’ Association has recommended at least 30-hours of training for construction superintendents.
“Training is really at the heart of construction safety,” Cellino said. “Workers that can identify possible safety hazards are crucial in today’s construction industry, and proper training has been proven to reduce the number of accidents at a given work site.”
According to research from the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, those who received safety training were 12-percent less likely to file for workers compensation.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT
It is the employer’s responsibility to provide workers with adequate training and safety equipment before placing them in a construction zone. Unfortunately, not all workers get the same treatment.
Construction accidents can be serious and life-altering. Many victims may not be able to work again, while others may experience a decreased value of life. Although some injuries and scars may never be healed, there is a process to get financial compensation after an accident.
The New York construction accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many New Yorkers get significant financial compensation after a fall, electrocution, or other injury on a construction site. This compensation can help workers with:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical assistance
- Future treatments
- Pain & Suffering
- And More
If you or a family member has been injured on a construction site, contact the personal injury firm other New Yorkers have trusted for over 50 years. A New York construction accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes can provide you with a FREE case evaluation, and they will custom-make a legal claim for your specific needs.
Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888