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Construction Fall Injuries

fallen New York construction worker holding kneeOccupational injuries caused by construction falls are a serious concern in New York.  According to the Bureu of Labor Statistics,  2012 witnessed 22 construction fall accidents in New York – some of which proved fatal. As a construction worker, you take the proper safety measures and obey the rules of your job site, but accidents still occur – often with catastrophic results to you and your family.

Some of the most serious accidents include slips from scaffolds, which claim the lives of construction workers every year. Workers who survive a construction fall accident are often left with grave injuries, life-long disabilities and staggering medical bills.

The New York personal injury attorneys of The Sanders Firm are committed to defending the rights of all construction workers who have been injured in a construction site fall. We have years of expertise built on trying construction accident lawsuits in New York and obtaining multi-million dollar settlements and court awards on behalf of our clients.

Have you been injured falling from a ladder, unsafe scaffold or other high location while working at a construction site? If so, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Having the right NY construction accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference regarding the outcome of your case.

Types of construction fall injuries

Unfortunately, the majority of construction workers who fall on a job site do so from hundreds of feet up, often resulting in severe injuries or death. Falling from a high location on a construction can cause many forms of debilitating bodily injury including:

  • Broken bones
  • Joint dislocations
  • Contusions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Crushed or severed spinal cords
  • Compression fractures
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Deep lacerations

NY construction workers killed in recent falls

A Manhattan office building on West 33rd Street was the site of a gruesome construction fall this past April. The construction worker suffered fatal injuries when he fell ten stories from the roof of the Midtown building. Authorities are still investigating the case to ensure that contractors have complied with all safety regulations. Last November of 2013, another two workers died in construction accident falls – one from an NYU-owned building in Greenwhich Village and the other while installing a roof in Pulaski. Twenty-three year-old Kyle Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital after he plunged a mere 25 feet while working on an F.X. Caprarar building.  After investigations, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Brown’s employer, general construction contractor MTL Design Inc., failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his wrongful death.

OSHA has since cited the Watertown-based contractor for a “willful and a serious violation,” forcing the company to pay nearly $90,000 for the worker’s death. According to a regional press release issued by OSHA, the organization found that “while Brown was wearing a fall protection harness, it was useless, as the workers were not provided with a means to connect to an independent anchorage point to stop a fall. The company failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards, ensure adequate anchorage for lifelines and secure the decking against displacement by the wind.”

Liability in a New York construction accident

Section 240 of New York Labor Law – also referred to as the scaffold law —  serves to protect fallen workers in the aftermath of an accident. In many situations, it enables victims to recover damages for their lost income, pain and suffering and related medical expenses, even if they were partially responsible for their own fall. In cases where inadequate training was provided, safety barricades were missing, or other compliance regulations were breached, the construction site owner, as well as general contractor may be held legally accountable for the worker’s injuries and economic losses.

Attorneys at The Sanders Firm are experts in New York construction law, including the New York Labor Law and OSHA  regulations for construction sites, and will ensure that victims are properly compensated for their personal injuries and financial losses. Over the past 46 years, our lawyers have helped countless families in the greater NYC area obtain justice in the wake of a serious or deadly construction site fall.

According to OSHA, construction fall-related hazards frequently include:

  • Unprotected roof edges and floor openings
  • Improper scaffold construction
  • Unguarded protruding rebars
  • Unsafe ladders

When adequate safeguards are not in place, it becomes important to isolate which party is responsible for that failure and hold them liable for any resulting injuries.

New York construction accident attorney

At The Sanders Firm, our NY construction accident attorneys understand the financial strain imposed on victims of workplace falls, and we work hard to recover the full monetary damages to which they are entitled. Our lawyers will explain your legal rights fight diligently for the compensation your family needs to cover hospital bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, or wrongful death.

If you or someone you love has sustained construction fall injuries in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, we invite you to contact us today. We offer a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.  Call our toll-free number 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752) today for a complimentary legal evaluation. There is never a charge for our legal services unless we win or settle your case.

  1. CBS New York, Construction Worker Killed In Fall From Scaffolding At Midtown Hotel https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/02/construction-worker-killed-in-fall-from-scaffolding-in-midtown/

  2. New York Post, Worker dies after fall at NYU building https://nypost.com/2013/11/15/worker-falls-off-scaffold-at-nyu-building/

  3. NBC New York, Construction Worker Killed in Fall From Manhattan Building: NYPD https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Man-Found-Dead-Scaffolding-424-West-33rd-Street-Building-Manhattan-55232231.html 

  4. US Dept of Labor, OSHA Regional News Release https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25962

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