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Construction workers protest lack of safety measures at construction sites

Several thousand construction workers protested outside of the New York City Hall on Thursday, December 10 carrying eight black coffins and placards to ask the city for the enforcement of more stringent safety measures at construction sites.

With New York City construction site fatalities steadily increasing over the years – 18 construction workers died within the 2015 fiscal year, an increase of 12 from 2014’s records and seven from 2013 – more people are becoming worried about the state of the industry.

Some of the protesters, like 59-year-old New Jersey construction worker Phillip Cammock, said non-union workers are exposed to much greater risks because they do not go through the same rigorous training sessions that the union members go through in order to ensure safety at construction sites.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP in New York have an array of legal resources at our disposal to help us represent our clients effectively. If you should be injured in an accident in New York, call us today at (212) 779-0057 to find out how we can help you.

What are the most important things to consider as a construction worker if I’m injured on the job?

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More construction means more accidents

An analysis of recent deaths at construction sites conducted by The New York Daily News showed that as the number of construction sites increase in New York City, so do the number of construction site accidents

For instance, 18 construction workers were killed between October 2014 and September 2015, a higher number than the 12 reported deaths in 2013 and the seven construction worker fatalities reported in 2012. This coincided with the increase in construction permits within the same time frame – from 121,000 to 142,000.

Press Secretary with the Department of Buildings, Alexander Schnell, who said that site-safety inspectors decreased to 1,105 in 2014 from 1,171 in 2011, acknowledged that this might be because safety inspectors are only required to conduct inspections at buildings of fifteen stories or higher and excavations of 100,000 square feet or more.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our attorneys have the legal knowledge and technical experience needed to help clients pursue financial compensation in the wake of their construction accident cases in New York. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Electrical Accident Injuries

According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 350 construction workers are killed in electrical accidents every year in the United States. While there are many dangers present on construction sites, electrical accidents pose unique and serious threats to workers. Learn more about electrical accidents and injuries by clicking here.

What would a construction worker who has been injured benefit from hiring Hach & Rose?

In this video, attorney Gregory Hach of Hach & Rose, LLP, discusses the importance of seeking help after a construction accident leaves a worker injured and in need of compensation. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, take construction cases seriously and work diligently to secure financial compensation to aid hard working men and women.

Construction worker rescued from rubble after collapse that killed coworker

A 20-year-old construction worker was transported to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition after having survived a partial building collapse at 25 W. 38th Street on Friday, October 30. The building was being demolished to make way for a luxurious 27 story, 180 room boutique hotel called Aloft New York Midtown near the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan in New York.

Police, firefighters, and emergency medical responders were able to save the construction worker’s life after sorting through rubble and chunks of building materials for almost three hours. The man, who was one of nineteen non-union employees who had been working to demolish the existing eight story tenement, was trapped from the waist down when the lower five stories fell in a V-shaped pattern. A second worker was killed in the collapse by falling debris.

Officials were able to stay in contact with the trapped man throughout most of the rescue process, and medical responders were even able to administer intravenous medicines through an IV drip while rescuers worked.

Teenager Killed at Dangerous Construction Site

A young construction worker was the victim of a wall collapse at a Brooklyn construction site. Fernando Vanegas, an Ecuadorian immigrant, died after a retaining wall fell and dumped piles of cinder blocks on him and two other workers. The two other workers were severely injured.

City officials found that safety precautions were not taken before excavation work began at the construction site. The area that Vanegas was working near had not been properly supported, causing the dirt and building material to collapse into the space where the workers were.

Vanegas’s mother told officials that he often told her about “close calls” he had at the construction site, reported the New York Times. The building owner was given several warnings, dating as far back as last August, citing violations of safety codes. The building was also known to have structural problems.

New York has been plagued with unsafe construction sites and rising instances of subsequent worker injuries. If you or someone you know was injured or was a victim in a construction accident, contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057 today to speak with a member of our team.

Construction Site Falls

Of all the various dangers that exist on construction sites, one of the biggest threats is the potential for workers to fall or be struck by a falling object. In fact, of the 1,000 individuals who are killed on construction sites every year in the United States, as many as 1/3 of these deaths can be attributed to construction site falls. Learn more about this type of accident by clicking here.

Scaffolding poses serious dangers to construction workers

According to some estimates, as many as 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths occur every year because of accidents involving scaffolding on construction sites. While these structures are incredibly helpful and important on construction sites, they also contribute to serious injuries when important pieces slip or when objects fall from scaffolds, striking workers or even passersby below. Learn more about scaffolding accidents by clicking here.

Crane accidents pose significant risk on construction sites

Construction is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in the United States in terms of worker injury and death, but within the construction field itself, accidents involving cranes account for as many as 1/3 of the total accidents that occur. There are a number of factors that can increase both the likelihood and the severity of a crane accident, and unfortunately, many of these factors cannot be mitigated simply because of a trained or experienced crane operator. Learn more about crane accidents by clicking here.

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