It does not take long for construction site accidents to happen once the
spring building season begins. Just last week, a New York City construction
worker was killed on the job. News reports state that the gentleman was
buried when dirt collapsed on the hole in which he was working.
Kingston construction accident attorneys extend sympathies to the twenty-two year-old laborer’s friends and
family. Unfortunately, we all know that many more construction workers
will be injured and even killed before the 2015 construction season ends.
Any type of injury imaginable can happen at construction sites. Fractures
to the arms, legs, hands and rib cage are common. Skull fractures occur
regularly. Any time there is blunt force trauma to the head; there is
a significant probability for a traumatic brain injury to occur. Construction
site falls can cause spinal fractures and paralysis.
Some injuries will be temporary and leave no lasting effect on the victim.
But others will suffer severe injury that will take months if not years
to resolve. Serious injuries may impair the victim for life. Some construction
workers may never be able to return to their profession.
The injuries listed above happen in many ways, but
construction site accidents typically have common causes. Falling debris, scaffolding accidents, electrocution,
explosions and even crane accidents have all injured and killed construction
workers in the past. Most of these accidents can be prevented.
The owners of a construction site, contractors, and subcontractors must
make sure that the work site is safe for laborers. In fact, New York law
Many laws in New York regulate workplace safety, but one specific law that
touches upon this issue is the
Scaffold Law found in section 240 of the Labor Law. This law exists because too many work site injuries happen on scaffolding
and ladders. Actually, almost half of all fall injuries are traced to
scaffolding and ladders. Nationwide, thousands of laborers are injured
in scaffolding and ladder accidents yearly. Almost fifty laborers die
in scaffolding and ladder accidents every year.
Following local regulations and OSHA standards can prevent many of these
deaths and injuries.
Falling debris is another problem at construction sites. These types of
accidents typically do not happen when work sites are kept as safe as
they should be kept. Dirty and cluttered work sites where tools are left
lying around, for example, are particularly dangerous. Tools are easily
knocked over, and even a small tool can cause serious injury if it falls
down from a high location. If the worksite is not properly inspected for
building structural deficiencies, the structure can collapse, falling
on top of all construction workers in the area.
The experienced Kingston construction attorney knows that crane accidents
are another cause of injuries at construction sites. New York City crane
collapses have occurred several times in recent years. A single accident
like this can and has killed many people at the same time. Even though
laws regulate crane use, and even though inspectors must examine construction
site cranes, these machines continue to topple at construction sites.
Clearly, systemic safety failures continue to exist and negligent parties
should be held accountable.
New York City has also seen recent construction site explosions injure
people. Given that gas service runs to many construction sites, precautions
must be taken so that gas leaks are not caused when they could have been
prevented. The slightest spark can ignite gas; the resulting explosion
can topple buildings and kill everyone working near the place of the explosion.
If the property owner, contractor, and or subcontractor did something,
or failed to do something, that led to a construction site accident, they
can be held liable for the damages suffered by workers and bystanders.
Even the survivors of a killed construction worker can sue the offending
parties for damages.
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
Newburgh where we have offices. If you or a loved one has been injured
in a personal injury accident, please do not hesitate to
contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878), or by using our convenient
case evaluation form.