Common Construction Accidents
Here is some information on common construction accidents in New York State. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation—either as a personal injury claim or via workers’ comp. Contact the law offices of Brian J. Elbaum for a free consultation to find out more about your legal rights.
Common Construction Accidents | Injuries and Accidents
The Department of Buildings in NYC released a map of live major construction in the city and shows dots covering the map. As of November of 2018, there are about 7,500 active permits. Meaning the number of construction workers in Manhattan is very high. Due to this, there are a significant amount of injuries that result from construction accidents. According to the City of New York, there were 593 construction accident-related injuries in January of 2018 alone.
The types of accidents that can cause injuries include:
- Falling from heights
- Equipment malfunction
- Structure collapse
- Objects dropping unexpectedly
- Improper safety training
- Ignored safety precautions
- Careless behavior
Common Construction Accidents | OSHA Requirements
Investigative reporter Jim Hoffer of 7 On Your Side discovered in the summer of 2018, just how easy it is to cheat on the examinations that qualify you for an OSHA certification. There are specialized safety training courses that are required to be OSHA certified, but Hoffer found out that that can easily be bypassed. He had someone certify him on his behalf when he has never taken any specialized safety training. No one is monitoring these websites where you can take the test for certification. This is a huge issue in New York City. Construction sites are everywhere and side-stepping these vital requirements for workers is both a threat to them, and to passersby on the street. This can also result in the deaths of workers who otherwise might never have been put in a dangerous situation if everyone on a construction site was properly trained.
If you are seeking compensation for an injury you sustained on a job site, please contact our experienced New York construction accident attorney for a free consultation.