New Yorkers may have heard about a recent accident at the site of the World Trade Center. On Feb. 23, 2013, a 48-year-old carpenter was injured at the construction site when a steel plate fell. He was taken from the site of the construction accident by ambulance.
Reports stated that the man remains in stable condition. He suffered a number of broken bones, including a broken leg. The circumstances under which the steel plate fell on the man were not clear immediately following the accident. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the situation to determine how the accident occurred.
New York law requires that all employers provide worker’s compensation insurance for workers who are injured on the job. New York recently passed the Fair Play Act, which presumes that any people working for a contractor are employees of the business for which they provide services. Failure to provide insurance for workers is a misdemeanor. In addition, employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance to employees are strictly liable for an injured employee’s wages and medical expenses.
Workers’ compensation insurance is a no-fault system. A worker who is injured on the job need not prove that the employer was negligent or responsible for causing the injury. Workers who have been injured in this scenario may be entitled to receive payment for all medical bills and lost wages. In New York, any person who has been injured in a work-related accident may benefit from speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for assistance.
Source: Daily News, “Federal investigators probing accident in which steel plate fell on World Trade Center worker,” Joe Kemp and Greg B. Smith, Feb. 27, 2013