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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

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 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

Scaffolding 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?

Working 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?

There 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.

Top ten most commonly violated OSHA standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, dictates certain workplace guidelines and standards that must be met by employers. Of course, employers break these rules and fall short of these standards constantly, which is why there are so many workplace accidents in America.

Each year, OSHA rounds up the standards that employers most commonly violated during the past fiscal year and publishes them. The 2019 list was published in Safety and Health Magazine.

Below is OSHA’s top 10 list, which remained basically unchanged from the 2018 list. Numbers 1, 3, 6, and 10 on the list apply specifically to construction sites, while the other items relate to employers in general.

  1. Fall Protection, Standard 1926.501
  2. Hazard Communication, Standard 1910.1200
  3. Scaffolding, Standard 1926.451
  4. Lockout /Tagout, Standard 1910.147
  5. Respiratory Protection, Standard 1910.134
  6. Ladders, Standard 1926.1053
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, Standard 1910.178
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements, Standard 1926.503
  9. Machine Guarding, Standard 1910.212
  10. Eye and Face Protection, Standard 1926.102

Time and again, employers violate the same OSHA standards, putting their employees at risk. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018.” According to the report, construction was the third most-dangerous occupation, following agriculture, fishing, and hunting and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.

Contact a New York City construction accident attorney

If you have been injured on the worksite because of your employer’s carelessness or reckless actions, know that you have a right to compensation. The construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are prepared to represent you and win you the compensation you deserve. We handle scaffolding accidents, crane collapses, unsafe worksite conditions, and more. In the past, we won $13,000,000 for a client who fell from a ladder and suffered a TBI. Let us handle your case so you can focus on your physical and emotional healing. Call our office at (347) 318-9604 to discuss your legal options today.

Winter weather-related construction injuries

Construction workers perform some of the most physically demanding and dangerous jobs there are. Not only must they be on their feet all day, operate dangerous machinery, pour concrete, and lay bricks, but all their work is usually done outdoors. In the wintertime, especially in freezing regions like New York, the workers’ regular exposure to cold, wind, and rain could lead to serious health problems if they aren’t addressed in time. 

Common cold-weather injuries and illnesses

The Center for Construction Research and Training identified three of the most common health risks posed to construction workers during the colder months: 

  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Trench foot  

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Your body temperature dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit (when it is usually 98.6), and if you go without emergency medical attention, it will lead to respiratory and heart failure. The signs of hypothermia include shivering, weak pulse, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and very weak pulse. 

Frostbite can occur when your skin is exposed to extreme cold for too long, leading to the freezing of your skin and inner tissues. It usually occurs on your fingertips, nose, and ears, and the mild cases can be treated by gradual warming. Severe frostbite causes permanent skin damage and must be treated by a medical professional. 

Trench foot is usually associated with the horrific wartime conditions of WWI but can occur anytime your feet are overexposed to wet, unsanitary, cold conditions. Your feet may become red, tingly, itchy, and numb. Trench foot can be prevented by wearing dry, warm socks and insulated waterproof boots. 

Safety guidelines to protect outdoor workers

  • Weather-appropriate clothing must be required for construction crews working in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Assign employees to work in pairs so they can look out for each other and spot warning signs
  • Provide breaks in a warm, sheltered area so workers can reheat their bodies and dry off their clothing and footwear
  • Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day when possible

If you have been injured on the job in the winter, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP  at (347) 318-9604 right away.

What to know about New York crane accidents

Many New York City buildings couldn’t have been built without cranes, but while they are useful, they also pose a threat to construction workers and passersby. Crane accidents can injure and even kill people, and the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP know how to fight for their clients to receive the compensation they deserve. Keep reading to find out more about crane accidents and what to do if you were injured.

How common are crane accidents?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “from 2011 to 2017, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 total crane-related deaths, an average of 42 per year over this 7-year period.” While not all of these injuries occurred in New York, it is important to recognize the risks involved with cranes on construction sites. Most often, it is construction workers who are injured or killed as a result of crane accidents, but if a crane collapses, passersby could get injured, too.

How do crane accidents happen?

Crane accidents could be caused by a number of different factors. Sometimes, the crane operator acts recklessly or negligently, causing the machine to malfunction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified these as the most common causes of crane accidents:

  • Boom or crane contact with energized power lines (nearly 45% of the cases)
  • Under the hook lifting device
  • Overturned cranes
  • Dropped loads
  • Boom collapse
  • Crushing by the counterweight

Who is liable?

Identifying who should be held liable for the crane accident depends on the nature of the incident. Oftentimes, accidents occur because of negligence in either setting up or operating the crane. Other times, the crane manufacturer could be held strictly liable if the crane operated with a defective part. In that case, you wouldn’t need to prove negligence, only that the crane did not operate as intended or there wasn’t an adequate warning that it may malfunction.

Contact a Crane Accident Attorney in New York City

If you or someone you love has been injured in a crane accident, contact the experienced lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (347) 318-9604 for the aggressive and dedicated representation you deserve. We will fight to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.

Construction Accidents: Ladder Safety Tips

Construction workers suffer from some of the highest injury rates within the domestic workforce. According to a report from the United States Department of Labor, “one in five worker deaths . . . [are] in construction.” In the year 2017, 971 construction workers were either killed or fatally injured while on the job. What was the leading cause of these fatalities? According to the Department of Labor, almost 40 percent of worker deaths were the result of serious falls.

There are several factors that may be linked to the high number of fall deaths among construction workers, including the unsafe use of ladders. In a publication from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), researchers stated that “ladders are [a] major [source] of injuries and fatalities among construction workers . . . many of [these] injuries are serious enough to require time off the job.”

For any worker, taking time off work to receive medical treatment can have devastating financial consequences — especially if that treatment is long-term. If you work in construction, you can reduce your risk of falling by following a few important safety tips:  

  • Make sure that the ladder you are using is well-maintained and does not have any defects or weak points
  • Place the base of the ladder is on a strong, level surface
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes
  • Clean and maintain the soles of your shoes to maximize traction
  • Use towlines, a tool belt, or an assistant to carry your tools while climbing
  • If you are standing on a ladder, do not under any circumstances try to move it
  • Do not overextend, overreach, or lean away from a ladder while you are on it, as you could lose your center of balance and risk falling off
  • Follow the “Three Point-of-Contact Climb” rule, where you always maintain at least three points of contact with your limbs to the ladder while climbing.

Contact a New York Falling Hazard Attorney

Employers have a responsibility to their workers to maintain a safe, hazard-free working environment. If you were hurt in a ladder injury due to inadequate training, safety, supervision, or another reason, contact the New York construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights and your legal options.



Construction Accidents in New York State Have Increased by 39%

According to the United States Department of Labor (USDL), construction work was named one of the most physically demanding types of labor in 2018. Workers are exposed to many on-site risks, including fall hazards, dangerous machinery, and chemical exposure. In fact, these risks are so alarmingly common that construction workers have some of the highest rates of illness and injury out of every occupation in America, according to the USDL.

While New York City has experienced a 23% decrease in fatal injury rates for construction workers, the overall rate in New York State has increased by 39% within the past five years. This information was revealed in a 2019 report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, which also states that OSHA fines against negligent employers for fatality cases continue to remain low.

Gary Labarbera, NYTC Building & Construction Trades Council president, stated in a recent interview with CBS2 that “The past several years have been [a] very busy, very robust construction market, but there shouldn’t be anywhere near this many fatalities.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are approximately 150,000 on-site construction accidents each year. Falls are the most common cause of fatal construction injuries.

Masonry restoration specialist Christine Azzoli stated to CBS2 that “deadlines and pressures” from contractors can sometimes cause construction workers to take risks. “It’s always been a dangerous profession,” said Azzoli, “but If you’re given the time and proper equipment, you have a better chance of working safely.”

There are many different ways a fatal construction accident can occur, including:

  • Falling Hazards
  • Unsafe Work Sites
  • Electrocution
  • Scaffolding Issues
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Crane Collapse Accidents
  • Heat Stroke and Overexertion

Contact a New York Construction Attorney

Were you hurt in a construction accident? The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, are committed to representing workers who’ve been hurt in New York, and we’re ready to stand up and fight for you. Our experienced legal team has a history of results, including a $13 million verdict for an injured union painter who fell from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury, and a $12.8 million verdict for a worker who suffered from a neck injury due to a construction company’s negligence.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation an experienced New York construction accident lawyer to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at Hach & Rose, LLP or reach out to us online right away.

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