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Construction Accidents

Three Construction Workers Injured in Black River Roof Collapse

Three construction workers were injured Wednesday, June 24, when the roof of Black River Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. collapsed on them.

One worker, 38-year-old Lee Trickey, suffered serious injuries after falling 40 feet off of the roof. Trickey was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment of his critical internal wounds.

Two other workers, John Turpin, 38, and Lucas Conklin, 29, were inside the building when the roof collapsed on them. They suffered only minor injuries. First responders took Turpin to Carthage Area Hospital and Conklin to Samaritan Medical Center.

Officials reported that high winds caused the roof trusses to fall, which caused the structure to collapse, too.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating this accident.

According to OSHA, falls on construction sites are the number one cause of death in this field of work. In 2018, 320 construction workers died of an accidental fall at their construction site. OSHA states that the majority of these falls are preventable if construction crews plan ahead, provide the appropriate equipment, and train everyone to use that equipment.

Some of the most common injuries construction workers suffer after falling from a roof are:

  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Getting in touch with a construction accident attorney can put you on track to winning compensation for your injury. An attorney can secure financial compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a construction site accident in New York, you are likely struggling with pain and facing lost wages, if you’re unable to work. You and your family are likely also battling mounting medical bills and the cost of daily living.

The construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients who have suffered injuries in construction accidents, work-related accidents, and more. In fact, our verdicts are amongst the highest reported in New York. We are ready to fight for you, too.

You should never have to struggle to stay afloat emotionally and financially when you’re harmed due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Our skilled attorneys will work hard to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on your recovery and spending time with your family.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra steps to protect all of our clients and employees. We now offer virtual consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Please do not hesitate to call us today at (212) 779-0057.

Coronavirus increases construction workers’ risk of injury

Coronavirus increasesConstruction workers have one of the most – if not the most – dangerous jobs in America. The onset of the coronavirus has only compounded the risks of their workplace. 

New York City introduced new guidelines to protect construction workers from the virus while on the job site, according to the New York Times. These guidelines include practicing social distancing, staying home if you feel sick, installing handwashing stations throughout the site, and wearing face masks. Some advocacy groups are pushing for a 24-hour workday at construction sites, which would discourage a rush of workers in a concentrated area. As of right now, New York only allows construction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

But social distancing on a construction site is difficult and sometimes impossible. Many tasks require two or more workers to complete it together. Often, elevators to other floors of a construction site will carry many workers at once. If only one or two workers were allowed in the elevator at a time, it would slow construction too much.

The added stress of worrying that they might contract the virus at their workplace means that construction workers may rush through their jobs to get home quicker. This leads to shoddy construction and distracted thinking – which might result in a fall or a careless mistake that leads to an injury.

Construction workers who are forced to abide by coronavirus guidelines are burdened with undue stress. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the option to take a leave of absence or find another job.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

Construction workers should be guaranteed a safe work environment like all other workers. If you sustained an injury on the job due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, want to help you. Our team has helped countless clients who experienced the same problems as you, and we can help you, too.

Our dedicated construction accident lawyers have won millions of dollars in settlements for clients who suffered work-related incidents. We also represent clients who file OSHA complaints, suffer slip and fall accidents, and more.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra precautions to protect our clients and employees. We are proud to offer online consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Call us today at (347) 318-9604.


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Leaves Two Hospitalized

A construction site in Brooklyn collapsed last Thursday evening, sending two victims to the local hospital, according to an article from PIX11 News.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. Thursday night at 375 Flushing Ave. The New York Fire Department confirmed that the accident was under control that same evening. There is no word pertaining to the condition of the victims or whether they were construction workers or bystanders.

Construction in NYC Continues

Unfortunately, construction in New York is allowed to continue despite coronavirus concerns. This creates problems for at-risk members of construction crews and for the hospitals that may be forced to handle injuries from construction accidents such as this one. Much of the New York City healthcare system is currently overrun with coronavirus cases and does not have the resources to treat other injuries such as construction accidents.

Construction Accident Risks

However, construction workers are usually at the greatest risk of suffering a workplace injury because of the nature of their work. Some of the most commonly reported accidents at construction sites are:

  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Roof collapses
  • Falling from great heights such as scaffolding
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Electric shock

These accidents often result in injuries such as:

  • Blindness
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries and muscle strain
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Illness from chemical exposure

But if a worker suffers an accident on the job, they are entitled to file for workers’ compensation. They may also be able to take further legal action if their injury was caused by the negligence or reckless actions of a third party. Attorneys may win compensation that can help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering.

The attorneys at New York law firm Hach & Rose, LLP have a long history of representing clients who were injured at construction sites. They have handled cases related to falling hazards, roof collapses, crane accidents, construction defects, and more.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you’ve suffered a construction site injury in New York, you’re likely struggling with pain, countless doctor appointments, and lost wages from missed work, while also trying to manage the growing number of bills related to medical expenses and the cost of daily living. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have helped numerous clients in the same situation, and we can help you, too.

Our experienced construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients who have suffered from construction accidents, work-related incidents, OSHA complaints, and more. Our verdicts, in fact, are amongst the highest reported in the state of New York.

You shouldn’t have to struggle to stay afloat when you’ve suffered an injury caused by a negligent party. Our skilled attorneys will work effectively and efficiently to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on the important job of healing.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect all of our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Call us today at (212) 779-0057.

Fire extinguisher explodes, killing a construction worker and injuring another in Chelsea

A construction worker was killed, and another was injured in a freak accident, last Wednesday, when a fire extinguisher exploded in Chelsea, Manhattan. According to ABC 7 News, the accident occurred just before 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of 341 Ninth Avenue.

The construction workers were working on the site when the fire extinguisher exploded. The first worker died from his injuries at the scene while the other worker was rushed to Greenwich Village’s Lenox Healthplex in serious condition.

In addition, two police officers who may have been responding to the construction site accident were injured when their police cruiser collided with a civilian’s vehicle at Ninth Avenue and 25th Street. The two police officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, while the other woman involved in the crash was transported to Lenox Healthplex.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Fire extinguishers do not explode frequently, but unfortunately, they can malfunction and cause a number of problems if they are not serviced regularly. According to Quick Response Fire Supply, a fire extinguisher exploded in 2014 when a worker was operating a forklift to dump the contents from a dumpster. The fire extinguisher was improperly disposed of and malfunctioned when the worker picked it up, causing it to explode and killing the worker.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that fire extinguishers be serviced and evaluated each time they are used. This prevents extinguisher components from malfunctioning or breaking the next time someone uses it. A number of environmental factors can contribute to the damage on a fire extinguisher, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet ray exposure, humidity and excess moisture, and vibration, such as from construction sites. In addition, the NFPA rendered a number of fire extinguishers obsolete in 2018.

Some of the types of fire extinguishers considered obsolete include:

  • Soda acid
  • Chemical foam (excluding film-forming agents)
  • Carbon tetrachloride, methyl bromide, and chlorobromomethane (CBM)
  • Cartridge-operated water
  • Cartridge-operated loaded stream
  • Copper or brass shell (excluding pump tanks) joined by soft solder or rivets

The NFPA called for the removal of these and other obsolete fire extinguishers to preserve the safety of their users.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you were injured on a construction site in New York and need legal representation, the workers’ rights attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to assist you. We have years of experience handling cases relating to OSHA complaints, work injury claims, and occupational illness. Our lawyers have won millions of dollars in compensation for victims of these accidents and are ready to do the same for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you decide to take legal action to claim compensation, or if you have questions about your injury.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are available to answer your messages and calls, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057 today.

Five Construction Workers Hospitalized After Being Struck by Box Truck

Five New York construction workers were hospitalized on March 21 after their flatbed truck was rear-ended by a commercial box truck on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, according to The Legal Herald. The accident happened at about 8 a.m. when the construction workers parked their flatbed truck on the side of the roadway and were preparing to begin their work.

Two of the construction workers were standing on the flatbed when it was struck by the other vehicle, causing them to be thrown into the street. They were both taken to Elmhurst Hospital, one in critical condition and the other in serious condition. The three other construction workers on the scene were treated at Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries.

The 25-year-old driver of the commercial box truck, which is owned by Schleppers Moving and Storage, remained on the scene of the accident, and no charges have been pressed as of yet. But the injured workers are more than entitled to file a claim against the moving company to win compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

Construction Workers at High Risk of Injury

Construction workers tend to be at the highest risk of workplace injury due to the nature of their work environment. But when a worker is injured because of someone else’s negligence, that worker has the right to take legal action to claim compensation for their injuries. Construction workers deserve to do their jobs in a safe environment, and when this expectation is breached, serious accidents can happen. Compensation won through the legal process could pay for future related medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Some of the most common injuries that construction workers suffer are:

  • Broken bones
  • Electrocution
  • Back injuries
  • Head or brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Visual impairment or blindness

These injuries are usually caused by dangerous conditions such as:

  • Improperly installed scaffolding
  • Holes and ditches on construction sites
  • Working with generators and electrical wiring
  • Being forced to do the same task repeatedly, causing repetitive motion injuries
  • Improper training about protective clothing and hard hats

Though safety standards are clearly delineated by organizations such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the truck accident underscores how suddenly and seriously a construction worker can be impacted by negligent behavior.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you need help taking legal action after suffering a construction site accident, contact the legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our New York attorneys have decades of experience protecting construction and labor workers. We have won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and are prepared to do the same for you. We’ll handle the details of your case, so you can focus on healing and getting back on your feet.

Given the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken a proactive approach to protecting our clients and employees alike. We are able to provide the same high-quality service that you have come to expect. We offer online consultations and are here to answer your calls, emails, or messages, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057.

Internal organ damage caused by construction accidents

Members of construction crews put themselves at risk every day that they enter the job site. Their workplace is littered with hazardous materials and heavy machinery, and they often work from great heights on exposed roofs. Though they are at risk for many injuries, damage to their internal organs may be one of the most severe because it often leads to death.

Some of the most vital organs in the body are the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs. If one of these organs suffers trauma, such as from a fall or a high-speed impact with a piece of machinery, the damage might be irreparable. The two types of trauma are blunt force and penetrating trauma. A blunt force injury might be caused by falling off a roof or being accidentally struck by a piece of heavy machinery. Penetrating trauma occurs when something pierces the skin and the organ, such as a piece of glass or a beam.

The most common types of internal organ damage are:

  • Broken ribs that could puncture other organs
  • Abdominal aortic rupture is the enlargement of the aorta or the main blood vessel in the abdomen. If the aneurysm bursts, it could be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Kidney damage that could eventually lead to renal failure, which is the condition in which the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood.
  • A ruptured spleen could be caused by blunt trauma to the abdomen. This is when the casing around the spleen bursts and blood pours into the surrounding area. It requires immediate medical attention and could be fatal.

Contact a New York construction accident lawyer

Construction workers are entitled to workers’ compensation in the event of an injury. Still, if someone else’s negligence caused the accident, they could win additional compensation through a third-party injury claim.

If you have been injured at a construction site, the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help. We will investigate and build your case while you focus on getting better. Our team has already won millions of dollars in compensation for other construction workers, and we can help you, too. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.

Roof and ceiling collapses on construction sites

construction sitesWith 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 that the crew is working on. A worker could fall from a great height off of the building or through the ceiling, causing them injury or even death.

How do roof and ceiling collapses happen?

These types of accidents are usually the result of poor crew management, inadequate safety precautions, poor training, or rushing the job to get in done 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?

Depending on the height a worker falls from, the injuries will vary in severity. 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:

  • Death
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Impalement
  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Joint injuries
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Tissue damage
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Other internal injuries and organ damage

If you choose to pursue legal action to hold an outside party accountable for your injuries, you could be compensated enough money 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.

Scaffolding accidents on construction sites

ScaffoldingScaffolding is designed to provide construction workers with a safe way to access hard-to-reach parts of the building they’re constructing, painting, or repairing. It’s a common sight in a growing city such as New York, where thousands of construction workers ascend scaffolding each day. But if the scaffolding was erected incorrectly, or a worker was improperly trained, a worker could get hurt.

Regardless of the specifics of the incident that led to the worker’s injury, they are always entitled to worker’s compensation if they can prove that they were injured on the job site while they were working. But if someone else’s negligence was a factor in the accident, the worker may also be able to file a civil suit to win additional compensation.

How do scaffolding accidents happen?

Scaffolding accidents usually occur because:

  • There were inadequate protections in place to prevent falls,
  • Materials were overloaded and added excess weight to the scaffolding,
  • The scaffolding was constructed improperly,
  • Parts of the scaffolding failed because of a manufacturer error
  • Workers were trained inadequately and not provided proper guidelines, and
  • Falling objects struck workers

What injuries are caused by scaffolding accidents?

Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can vary from very minor to very severe. Falling from scaffolding could be fatal, as 35% of all construction site fatalities are attributed to falls. A worker might suffer lacerations, broken bones, paralysis, internal organ injury and bleeding, or a traumatic brain injury. The workers who are most at risk of injury by scaffolding are the ones who build and dismantle the scaffolding, before and after finished construction. This is because they are responsible for installing scaffolding when specific safety measures cannot be in place, such as ladders, guardrails, and planks.

How can scaffolding accidents be prevented?

To prevent scaffolding accidents, it is imperative to consult with an engineer to ensure that the scaffold can support its weight and four times that number. The construction crew needs to be properly trained on how to navigate the scaffolding and how to take advantage of safeguards such as guardrails. The crew should also be provided with safety equipment such as hard hats, harnesses, a vertical lifeline, and a vertical lifeline anchor.

Contact a New York scaffolding accident attorney

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident on a construction site, you could be owed financial compensation. The team of construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP is ready to assist you. We’ll investigate and build your case to win compensation to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free consultation today.

Why Do Construction Accidents Go Unreported?

Why Do Construction AccidentsWorking on a construction site naturally comes with a significant risk of injury. Though it would benefit the injured construction worker to report the accident, both to get workers’ compensation and to push for a safer work environment, many injured workers never report their injuries. In 2013, the Center for Construction Research and Training conducted a survey of 135 construction workers to determine why they don’t always report their injuries. At least ¼ of them said they suffered a workplace injury but chose not to report it.

It is important to remember that reporting your injuries will not backfire on you in any way, especially if you hire a personal injury attorney to represent you during the process.

Reasons why construction workers choose not to report workplace injuries

  1. Employees fear retaliation from their employers such as loss of benefits or even loss of their job
  2. Many construction workers consider pain and injury to be a natural part of their job
  3. They didn’t want their supervisors or coworkers to view them as weak
  4. Many people do not understand how to fill out or file the paperwork associated with workers’ compensation
  5. Undocumented workers often fear deportation or legal repercussions if they report an injury (regardless of immigration status, injured workers will not be deported)
  6. Workers often downplay the severity of their injuries
  7. Workers feel that they cannot afford missing work to go to a doctor, undergo surgery, and take time to recover

Generally speaking, workers have two years to file a workers’ compensation claim after the date of their accident. It’s important to file a report with your site supervisor as soon as the accident occurs so you can claim compensation and have a paper trail in case you need to go to court later. A personal injury attorney will help you through the process and ensure that your employers don’t take advantage of your injury.

Contact a New York construction accident lawyer

If you were injured at a construction site, you are entitled to workers’ compensation and may be able to file a civil lawsuit for additional damages. No injured worker should face intimidation or any other roadblock to seeking compensation. Contact a New York construction accident lawyer to discuss your rights and legal options. Our number is (347) 318-9604 or you can reach out to us online 24/7.

Does your immigration status affect your construction accident lawsuit?

affect your constructionThere are hundreds, if not thousands, of construction jobs in New York City. Some construction workers, as in many other professions, either do not have citizenship or might be undocumented. So when an accident happens on the worksite, they might be told that they have no right to file a lawsuit if they don’t have the appropriate papers. This is simply not true. Regardless of your immigration status, if you do not have documents or if you came to America illegally, you have the right to bring a lawsuit to claim compensation if you were injured on the job.

What kind of damages can I claim?

If you were injured on a worksite, regardless of your immigration status, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Everyone deserves to operate in a safe and well-maintained workplace. When claiming workers’ compensation, you must prove two elements:

  1. That you were working at the time of the injury
  2. That you sustained an injury

Workers’ compensation usually covers a wide range of costs for an injury. It can cover medical bills, missed wages, and even funeral costs should the worker die as a result of their injuries.

What are the different types of immigration status?

There are three different varieties of immigrants to the U.S. Regardless, they all are entitled to workers’ compensation and filing a claim in civil court.

  1. Undocumented immigrants are people who moved to the United States illegally and are not authorized to work here. To become undocumented, people must either overstay their temporary visas or cross a border illegally.
  2. Non-immigrants are in the U.S. legally but only temporarily, and if they overstay their visa, they become undocumented. Non-immigrants could be students, tourists, or future spouses of a U.S. citizen.
  3. Permanent residents possess a green card, meaning they are authorized to live and work in the U.S. Conditional residents are those who have been married to a U.S. citizen for less than two years.

Contact a New York construction accident lawyer

If you have been injured on the job but are hesitant to take legal action because of your immigration status, the construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP want to help. We understand the fear that comes along with filing a lawsuit if you are undocumented, but you will not be deported for filing a civil suit. The compassionate, determined, and helpful lawyers at Hach & Rose can help you through this process. Our staff speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese. Call us at (347) 318-9604 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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