There has been a continued growth in New York City year after year, necessitating serious changes to the city’s decaying infrastructure. In addition to the boost in economy, this steady growth has been a huge financial boom to the construction industry. According to a recent report from New York Building Congress, spending on construction projects is projected to jump another 10% by the end of 2019.
While the construction boom has had a significant impact on New York’s economy, it has also prompted new concerns regarding the safety of construction workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has rated the construction industry as having the highest number of workplace fatalities in NYC, with building construction accounting for 55% of all fatal injuries. Given the fact that New York City has more than 45,000 active construction sites as of April 2019, it’s not hard to see that even the slightest increase in construction could result in more injuries and fatalities in 2020.
Common Causes of Accidents on Construction Sites
Worksite accidents and injuries have increased more than 220% in the New York City construction industry. As state officials race to fix old buildings and replace crumbling infrastructures throughout the city, it puts greater pressure on construction companies to hire more skilled workers. In order to meet the increasing demands, these companies cut costs by ignoring safety requirements or hiring workers who are not properly trained for dangerous jobs.
Some common causes of serious constructions accidents in New York City include:
• Falls from significant heights
• Falls from ladders
• Falls from scaffolds
• Slips, trips, and falls
• Lack of proper training for workers
• Falling objects
• Accidents involving motor trucks and excavators
• Violence from third parties on the construction site
• Being crushed, struck, or caught between objects and equipment
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
Construction site accidents, specifically crane accidents, can seriously injure or kill 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 You 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.