NYC Lawyers Representing Workers Injured in Demolition Accidents
Every year, demolition workers in New York City suffer serious injuries or fatalities while taking down structures. If you were injured or someone you love was injured or killed in a demolition accident in New York, the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are here to provide legal advice and representation to help you get through this difficult time.
Call a New York City Construction Accident Attorney
We know how New York state and city laws impact construction workers, and we are dedicated to helping such workers receive the financial compensation they need after an on-the-job injury. We will fight to make sure that the people responsible for failing to provide you a safe place to work are held legally responsible. We will fiercely protect your rights so that you get the justice you deserve. Those who are responsible for job site safety need to be held accountable for the ways they have changed your life. Call us at 212-736-5300 or contact us online. Free consultation.
Issues in Demolition
Our lawyers understand the many factors that can result in an injury or fatality on a demolition site. First, demolition is not limited to tearing down buildings or the interior walls of a building. It can also involve bridges, roadways, sidewalks, fences and walls. Second, demolition, by its very nature, produces significant amounts of falling debris - concrete, rebar, wood, pipes and stone. Demolition dangers are not in any way confined to falling debris. Sometimes an entire wall, flooring or even a staircase can collapse during demolition. Demolition work can also create a dangerous situation when the work is being performed in an area without the appropriate supports and/or foundation. Many demolition projects involve blowing up or imploding a structure using explosives, and the explosives must be placed correctly. If they are not, workers and passersby could be seriously injured by debris that is flying through the air, not just falling from above. It is important to remember that demolition places workers in greater danger when compared with employees on other types of building sites. Consequently, the right safety measures must be employed to keep workers safe.
Older Buildings Are Particularly Dangerous
Additionally, many buildings being demolished are old. In some cases, the location of structural elements may be uncertain, making demolition work and uncertain proposition. Similarly, old buildings and other structures may contain unidentified toxins. Unsafe demolition procedures can expose workers to airborne particulates and other toxic substances. Old buildings can be particularly susceptible to gas explosions if supply pipes are not properly disconnected and capped. Old buildings are also much more likely to collapse during the strains of demolition work.
Training is Key to Safety
Worker training in demolition is critical, it is particularly important when dealing with older buildings. The training should cover the types of protective equipment that should be used - boots and shoes, helmets, masks, fall protection systems and anything else that can reduce the hazards of this type of work. Training should also detail the proper planning that needs to take place before demolition begins. It should also cover the right way to sure and brace an area that will be demolished. Site supervisors should understand the specific issues at each site and develop a work plan that allows the work to be completed but also, most importantly, protects employees and passersby.
Our Results Tell the Story
Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced with all types of construction accidents, including those involving demolition. We have obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients injured while working.
Injured While Working Construction? Contact Us.
Please contact our office for a FREE consultation with the New York accident attorneys at the law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy. Call us at 212-736-5300 or contact us online today.
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