The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 751 construction workers died on the job in 2010, and 35 percent of those fatalities were the result of falls from roofs, scaffolds and other heights.
At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we handle every case with the awareness that our clients are doing very dangerous but important work. Every case should send a message to the owners and contractors at construction sites that safety must be of paramount concern.
Our New York roofing accident attorneys are passionate advocates for the rights of injured roofers and other construction workers throughout the state. We work hard to ensure our clients receive every last dollar that they are entitled to under the law for their medical bills, lost wages, lost companionship or other damages.
Skylights and Other Roof Openings Pose Serious Dangers
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health poignantly reveals the dangers of unguarded skylight openings and other roof openings. In each of the following case reports, employers and workers violated the applicable regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- An 18-year-old worker was killed when he stepped onto an unguarded skylight opening and landed on the concrete floor 33 feet below.
- While installing rubber roofing material on a building, a 37-year-old roofer stepped through a skylight opening that was partially covered with a roll of roofing material and fell 27 feet, suffering fatal injuries.
- A 41-year-old worker was installing steel decking on the roof of a six-story building when he fell through a ventilation opening and landed in the stairwell below, suffering fatal injuries.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation for Union and Non-Union Roofers
Our law firm proudly represents New York union workers, including members of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local Unions 154, 195, 203, 22, 241, 74 and 8. A few recent case results include*:
- $6,400,000 settlement for a union worker who fell and injured his back
- $5,000,000 verdict for an electrician helper injured in a work-related fall
- $4,475,000 settlement for the young children of a construction worker killed in a fall
- $1,350,000 recovery for a construction worker who fell off a roof
For a complete list of the successful results our lawyers have obtained, visit our Verdicts & Settlements page.
Contact a Roof Injury Attorney Serving New York
If you or someone you know was injured in a roof fall accident in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or elsewhere in New York, do not hesitate to schedule a FREE consultation with Block O'Toole & Murphy. Call our New York City office today at 212-736-5300, or contact us online.
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*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.