Construction Site Accidents
Construction is in fact one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. In the United States, more deaths occur in the construction industry than in any other. In 2009, for instance, the rate of deaths among construction workers was almost three times that of all workers. Falling is one of the most common causes of injuries at construction sites; other major causes of deaths include electrocution, accidents involving vehicles, and excavation incidents (cave-ins), and being struck by falling objects.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a construction accident? We have the resources, experience, and expertise to help. Call our New York construction accident lawyers at 844-426-7366, or email us at email@example.com. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
Construction Site Accidents
Statistics show that the construction Industry is without question one of the most dangerous in the country. Moreover, the likelihood of injury is greater at non-union worksite than at a union one. As construction accident lawyers, we’ve been observing a trend recently—both in New York and nationwide—of using non-union workers to perform construction and demolition work. Tragically, as statistics prove, this trend means a significant decrease in safety precautions taken at construction sites. As a result, it is imperative that you know your rights and what to do in case of a construction site injury. We’re here to help you if you’ve been injured performing construction work.
Fortunately, New York State provides specific extra legal protections to workers employed at worksites where construction, renovation, alteration, or repair work is being performed. These sections of the Labor Law, commonly referred to as the “scaffold law,” provides that both the property owner and the general contractor are automatically liable for many construction site accidents, particularly those caused by (1) gravity, commonly referred to as “falling worker” or “falling object” cases, and/or (2) the absence of proper safety equipment, such as belts, harnesses, overhead protection, and hoists. The law also holds owners and general contractors liable for defective or faulty equipment, such as collapsed or broken scaffolds and ladders.
In order to obtain the full benefits and protections of these very specific laws, however, you’ll probably want to be represented by a lawyer who knows the construction industry and proper procedures and construction law. That’s where we come in, with over 40 years of legal experience combined. We have personally handled some of the largest construction site accident cases, and obtained some of the largest settlements, in the country. If you’ve been injured on a job site, call us. Whatever your trade—ironworking, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, masonry, carpentry—we know your business. We know OSHA. We know the correct safety rules. We know who’s at fault. We know who’s responsible for covering your medical expenses. We know about lost wages and pain and suffering. We know the Labor Law and we can use it to your benefit better than anyone else.
Over the years we have obtained multimillion dollar results for clients injured as a result of:
- Accidents due to poor supervision/coordination
- Building collapses
- Cargo incorrectly loaded
- Compressed gas accidents
- Crane accidents
- Defective machinery
- Defective or unsafe tools
- Electrical accidents
- Excavation/trench/digging accidents
- Exposed power lines
- Falling objects
- Forklift accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Improperly secured equipment
- Nail gun accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Unsafe practices
- Welding accidents
Call us. Claims made under the Labor Law will not affect workers compensation.
The attorneys at Hansen & Associates are leaders in the area of construction accident litigation. We have extensive knowledge and experience to aggressively represent our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because a scaffold collapse or other construction accident, call the attorneys at Hansen & Associates immediately 844-426-7366, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.