According to a report released by the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), construction jobs accounted for the largest single share of worker deaths in New York in 2012. The report was released on April 28, 2014, which is marked as Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring workers who died in the past year.
While any construction related death is sad, deaths that could have been prevented by implementing safety measures are simply tragic. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction accident lawyer to protect your legal rights.
What Is Workers’ Memorial Day?
April 28th has become known as Workers’ Memorial Day, a day reserved to remember the construction workers who lost their lives while on the job in the past twelve months. This event is sponsored by NYCOSH and the New York Central Labor Council.
This year’s event took place at 435 West 50th Street, which is the subject of a serious OSHA violation arising from scaffolding deficiencies at the site. During the ceremony, construction workers recounted stories of being injured on the job. Bricklayers talked about the recent construction-related deaths in the state. Workers’ Memorial Day is not only a time to mourn those who have died, but also a time to fight for workers currently facing unsafe construction working environments.
The Significance of the Report
The report that was released at this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony highlighted the need to improve construction worker safety, including:
- The need to hire more OSHA inspectors.
- An increase in OSHA fines, which is currently set at $12,767. This figure is obviously not high enough to incentivize project owners and contractors to invest in safety measures for their workers.
- A preservation of New York’s scaffold law, which has been under attack by many groups, including the construction industry trade.
- The need to develop projects to test different ways to improve construction safety for workers.
Hire an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an attorney who knows the law and can aggressively fight to get you the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.
The New York construction accident attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. understand the ramifications that construction accidents have on victims. 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 occupation. Our team is ready to fight for you and your family during this difficult time.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.