With an increased number of structures being built in New York every day comes an increase in workers’ injuries. One common accident that can cause a slew of injuries is the collapse of a roof or ceiling the crew is working on. A worker could fall from a great height off of the building or through the ceiling, causing injury or even death.
How do roof and ceiling collapses happen?
These types of accidents usually result from poor crew management, inadequate safety precautions, poor training, or rushing the job to get in by the deadline and within the budget. For example, if a ceiling was installed without the proper support, such as a load-bearing wall, it could collapse under excess weight. This weight could come from air ducts, water pipes, or even errant construction equipment such as a falling beam.
What types of injuries could be caused by a roof collapse?
The injuries will vary in severity depending on the height a worker falls from. At best, they might suffer bruises and broken bones. At worst, the fall could be fatal. Some common injuries sustained by workers who fell from or through roofs are:
Some typical construction site roof and ceiling collapse accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Joint injuries
- Bruises and lacerations
- Tissue damage
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Other internal injuries and organ damage
If you pursue legal action to hold an outside party accountable for your injuries, you could be compensated enough to cover your medical bills, reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a New York roof collapse lawyer
If you were injured in a roof or ceiling collapse on a job site, contact Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of experienced New York construction accident lawyers has already won millions of dollars of compensation for other injured New York construction workers, and we want to assist you. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.