Falls are the leading cause of fatalities for New York construction workers.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Between 1995 and 1999, an average of 362 fatal falls occurred on construction sites each year, with hundreds more falls resulting in injuries. New York construction accident falls can be caused by a variety of unsafe conditions, including:
- Unprotected or unmarked ledges, wall openings, and floor holes
- Misuse of portable ladders
- Incorrect scaffold construction
- Debris and equipment on the ground (causing slip and fall or trip and fall injuries)
Injuries caused by falling objects, roof related falls, crane falls, and elevator shaft falls also have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries for New York construction workers. By following safety precautions and remaining aware of one's surroundings at all times, the risk of falls at construction sites can be minimized. In addition, workers should report unsafe conditions immediately and supervisors should eliminate workplace hazards as soon as possible.
New York Accident Lawyers for Construction Site Falls
Many falls on construction sites can be avoided by implementing proper OSHA safety regulations. The responsibility for ensuring that these regulations are followed on the jobsite generally belongs to contractors, supervisors and owners of property, buildings, and construction companies. Improperly used scaffolding, cluttered pathways, and poorly maintained equipment can all lead to falls on New York construction sites. An experienced New York accident lawyer can investigate your claim and determine who was at fault for your injuries.
If you were injured by a construction site fall, you may be able to recover compensation from those responsible for your injury. An experienced New York construction accident attorney from Block O'Toole & Murphy can help you understand your legal rights and pursue justice. Fill out a case evaluation form to receive free legal advice from an experienced attorney.
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