Resting at a construction site, a laborer quietly enjoys the crisp spring
air accompanied by a hearty slice of Brooklyn style pizza. What he doesn’t
know is that wood being hoisted by a crane five stories above him is about
to break loose from the cranes clutches; the chains securing the wood
are wet and loosely tied around the material.
The plywood somersaults down through the air without making a sound. Without
having any way to know what is about to happen, the construction worker
cannot get out of harm’s way. The plywood plummets on top of the
The gentleman is rushed to a local hospital for treatment, but at least
he is reportedly in stable condition.
This is based in part on a true story out of Manhattan in 2013. It is not
an isolated or rare incident. Many construction workers are injured by
falling debris throughout the Hudson Valley Regions of New York and else ware.
Experienced Poughkeepsie construction site accident attorneys know that hundreds of laborers are killed by falling debris every year.
This accounts for around five percent of all work place fatalities. Many
more workers escape death, but are left injured, sometimes seriously so.
The types of injuries that are caused by falling construction debris vary.
But we are sure that most readers will know that head injuries are common.
While construction workers wear hard hats, injury can still occur, especially
if the falling debris is heavy. Blunt trauma can break open skin and cause
skull fractures. This can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Other injuries
include concussion, spinal cord injury, and coma, just to name a few.
There are several common and general reasons that lead to construction
debris falling. As illustrated above, crane failures lead to
falling debris injuries. Slick surfaces cause workers to stumble and drop objects. Wind blows
construction materials at sloppy worksites down onto people below. Material
from demolition falls to the ground.
Since gravity never fails, anything that is not secured can fall from elevated
construction areas. This includes screws, nails, hammers, drills, bricks,
wood, steel, cinder blocks and more. Even the smaller objects can cause
very serious injuries. And of course, the larger and heavier objects can
easily cause death.
Even though owners and contractors are supposed to keep the worksite safe,
construction workers can be proactive; wear hard hats, clean up, and look above.
Learn more about springtime construction site accidents and resulting injuries in
our latest article posted here. Read about falls from heights on illegal scaffolding, wet ground, and
in dangerous spots in
our blog posted here. Learn about falling from unsecured ladders, resulting injuries, and what
you can do in
our blog posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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