A December 23rd fatal construction accident on the Upper East Side of New York City marked the 31st worker to die on the job in the city in the past two years. The worker, whose name has not yet been released, was working on a nonunion work site. The worker was apparently wearing a harness but was not hooked to a cable when he fell.
Only three weeks earlier, Wilfredo Enriquez fell to his death at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, marking death 30. Deaths 27 and 28 occurred on November 22nd, when a steel beam fell four stories at a Queens job site, crushing George Smith and Elizandro Enriquez Ramos.
Construction accident fatalities have become a public health epidemic that is brought on by inadequate safety regulations and public inattention. The lack of safety on construction sites happens because it pays for companies to run the risk of letting them happen.
Construction is booming in the Big Apple. Yet, many contractors cannot be bothered to pay for training programs and safety measures – even those required by law. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency tasked with enforcing safety protocols, is severely understaffed. This means there are not enough inspectors to properly inspect construction sites. Even when OSHA visits construction sites and finds a high level of violations, the fines are too small and sporadic to instill fear and deter misconduct in the construction companies.
More Accidents Continue To Prove the Need for Safer Construction Site Procedures
The number of construction site injuries and fatalities has predictably soared in the past few years. These heartbreaking numbers mean we need tough licensing requirements for contractors, frequent safety inspections, and robust worker training. This may not get rid of all construction site accidents, but it will reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
When construction site accidents happen, it can seriously injure or kill both construction workers as well as innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first-hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.