Falls from heights are the leading cause of death on construction sites. Even when construction falls are not fatal, they leave victims and their families to deal with the challenging process of physical and financial recovery. The New York City construction fall lawyers at Aronova & Associates understand the impact these injuries have on families and fight to hold those at fault liable.
Falls from heights are the most common cause of construction site fatalities, and they occur when workers lose their balance or support on any surface. Among construction workers, ironworkers are at the highest risk of a fall. According to workplace death statistics, the rate of fatal falls among ironworkers is 10 times higher than the construction industry average.
There is a risk of a fall whenever a worker is working four feet or more above the ground or other stable surface. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1992-2005, fatal falls in construction occurred from:
Some common fall hazards on construction sites include:
To prevent falls from these hazards, OSHA requires certain types of fall protection, including:
Falls from heights are the most common cause of death among construction workers. Fatalities often occur in situations where a construction worker falls to another level. A common way this happens is carrying a load that block’s the worker’s view. Other injuries include:
When it comes to a workers’ compensation claim, liability is not an issue. However, workers’ compensation is not always enough. But if a third party is liable, the employee may receive full compensation for their injuries directly from the at-fault party.
Both OSHA and the New York workplace safety laws impose requirements on construction site owners and contractors. Employers, construction site owners, and even other third parties on-site may be liable if they fail to meet their safety obligations. When it comes to fall prevention, employers are required to:
Common OSHA violations involved in construction fall hazards include:
If your construction fall injury involved a safety violation, be sure to speak with a NYC construction accident lawyer so that your rights are protected.
Workers’ compensation provides some benefits for an on-the-job injury, including:
In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party has the right to be made whole by a liable party so there are fewer restrictions on how much can be recovered. This means an injured worker may recover:
But keep in mind that in a personal injury lawsuit, unlike a workers’ compensation claim, the workers’ own negligence can be an issue that reduces the award.
The overlap of the worker’s compensation and personal injury litigation causes confusion; not following proper procedures and deadlines can jeopardize an injured workers’ financial recovery. If you have been injured in Nassau County, or throughout the greater New York City area, speak with a NY construction accident lawyer at Aronova & Associates for a case review. We work with many construction accident victims and will help you understand your legal options.
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