Construction sites are generally a hotbed for accidents, some of which are fatal. Although the number of total elevator-related deaths among construction and maintenance workers is relatively small when compared to total construction fatalities, the rate of such deaths is still concerning and should not be taken lightly.
Falls are the most common cause of elevator-fatalities in construction site accidents. More than 53% of elevator deaths were from falls. Of those incidents, approximately 45% were from heights of more than 30 feet. However, falls are not the only culprits. Construction workers die from elevator-related caught-in, compressed-by and struck-by injuries, as well as from electrocutions. Workers building or dismantling elevator systems tend to be at the greatest risk to suffer a fatal accident, followed by those operating heavy equipment or doing repair and maintenance of the elevator shafts.
Prevention of Elevator Accidents on Construction Sites
Compliance with Labor Law and safety standards is vital in keeping workers safe on construction sites. When property owners, contractors, manufacturers and other others are negligent, those risks are exacerbated resulting in serious injuries and even fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in any type of construction accident, including those involving elevators on the job site, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be entitled to money damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Out of pocket expenses related to the accident
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 212-385-4410.