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Coronavirus increases construction workers’ risk of injury

Construction 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.


New York Construction Continues Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Despite the city being on virtual lockdown, construction jobs are still allowed to continue in New York City thanks to a loophole in the rules.

According to an article from Curbed, there are currently 4,936 construction sites active in the city. This is compared to 800 from last month, when the city was in the midst of its lockdown.

Looser Essential Building Guidelines

Originally, the city only allowed the continued construction of essential buildings, such as hospitals, infrastructure, and housing. In March, about 35,000 construction projects were put on pause to comply with this ordinance.

But since then, the city has expanded the original ordinance to allow the construction of any projects that already had ground broken prior to the coronavirus outbreak and can operate with limited in-person interactions. This would include banks, restaurants, and hotels. Additionally, “sole workers” can complete jobs in rental properties such as apartment buildings, as long as they are the only worker on the job.

These looser guidelines allow construction crews to work together on projects, potentially exposing them to the virus and putting those around them at greater risk. According to Curbed, one New York construction worker said, “To make the hotel essential, they might as well open every job, because that hotel is far from essential,” he said. “That hotel is deemed essential while we are deemed expendable.”

Frustration Over Construction Risks

Some New Yorkers are expressing confusion and frustration over what constitutes an “essential” building. According to the Department of Buildings, any structure with space allotted for medical purposes is allowed to continue construction at this time. This includes a mega Target in Elmhurst that will eventually contain an “ambulatory diagnostic treatment or healthcare facilities” in office space upstairs.

Patricia Chou, from Queens Neighborhoods United, opposes the construction of the shopping center because it unnecessarily puts construction workers at risk. “Our primary concerns are that they are endangering workers at the site and exploiting loopholes to complete this project,” Chou said. The construction project, which is on 82nd Street and Baxter Street, impedes access to Elmhurst Hospital’s emergency entrances as well.

Contact a New York Workers Rights Lawyer

If you are being taken advantage of by your construction company 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.

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.


Queens Driver Runs a Stop Sign, Kills Another Driver

A 21-year-old driver died in Queens last month after a car blew through a stop sign and T-boned him, according to the New York Daily News.

Video surveillance of the intersection clearly shows the offending driver speeding past the stop sign in a residential neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. before slamming into a passing car. The driver of the passing car, 21-year-old Satesh Permaul, died from severe head injuries after being rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

The accident occurred at the intersection of 107th Ave. and 109th Ave. in South Ozone Park, Queens. Police apprehended the driver who caused the accident and discovered that he was driving without a license. They also found that he and the driver who was killed knew each other from high school. The apprehended driver, Christopher Garcia, 20, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to the Daily News.

Speeding More Common During COVID-19

Because New York is currently struggling to combat the effects of COVID-19, the victim’s family could not visit him in the hospital following the accident. According to the Daily News, the staff at Jamaica Hospital informed them that they would need to wait until Monday for a call to invite them to come see the body.

Permaul was working as a mechanic fixing school buses in the New York area. He and his family emigrated from Guyana about ten years ago to build a life in New York.

Unfortunately, accidents such as these are becoming more common as the coronavirus empties New York streets, tempting drivers to speed and drive recklessly. Injuries incurred in a car accident could leave you unable to work for months, or even years. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Herniated discs
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Whiplash
  • Bruises
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York and need legal representation, the car accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to assist you. We have years of experience handling cases relating to drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding, and pedestrian accidents. 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.

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 don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057 today.


Higher Rate of Car Accidents in NYC Due to COVID-19

The streets of New York City are emptier since COVID-19 has forced hundreds of thousands of people to work from home or lose their jobs. But the rate of car accidents remains consistent, and is sometimes higher than usual. Between March 5 and March 16, speed cameras issued an average of 10,434 daily speeding violations, despite the city being on lockdown. This is compared to the period between Jan. 13 through Jan. 23, where the cameras detected an average of 11,309 violations per day.

This is because many drivers have started speeding since there is less traffic. Some drivers are using residential streets or highways as racetracks, but the New York Police Department cannot effectively respond to complaints about them because the coronavirus has depleted their numbers.

Speeding Culprit in Auto Accidents

According to an article from Streetsblog, New York Mayor de Blasio said, “We will be very tough on people who are speeding, for sure, and I’m going to certainly insist on continued enforcement on that front.”

Cameras around the city effectively track speeding drivers and issue violations, which could help curb the number of infractions. But some New Yorkers resent de Blasio’s use of speed cameras, claiming that residents cannot be expected to drive the speed limit while the world is in a panic, according to Streetsblog.

Speeding has been a major culprit in fatal car accidents in the city recently. According to Streetsblog, between March 2 and April 8, six motorists died in New York City. This is higher than the number of motorists who died in that same time period in four of the last five years. But the number of vehicle miles traveled has fallen 84%, meaning there are many fewer cars and motorcycles on the road. Fewer cars should mean fewer deaths, but when speeding is a factor, this is not the reality.

The injuries sustained in a car accident could be debilitating and keep you out of work for months or years. Some of the most common car accident injuries are:

  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Whiplash
  • Bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Herniated discs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

And, sadly, the risk of having a fatal accident increases when speeding is a factor.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless driving or negligence, the legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP wants to help you. Our attorneys have years of experience handling cases such as these and are prepared to recover the compensation you need to pay for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

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


Street-Racers in New York City Take Advantage of Empty Highways

New York City is battling the coronavirus pandemic and all of its unexpected consequences, including street-racers speeding down nearly-empty stretches of road.

Since the city issued stay-at-home orders to flatten the curve of the virus’s spread, the roads have been much emptier than usual. For some New Yorkers, this presented the opportunity to use long stretches of highway as a racetrack, according to an article from Patch.

Specifically, residents in Tribeca complain of about 30 cars and motorcycles racing up and down a mile-long stretch of the West Side Highway. Residents near the roadway say they hear loud revving engines at all hours of the day and late into the night.

Impact of Coronavirus on Driving Safety

These street-racers pose a danger to nearby pedestrians and other drivers on the road. Between 2013 and 2016, there were over 44,000 pedestrian accidents in New York City. Because Mayor Bill de Blasio instructed residents to stay home, there are likely more pedestrians out than usual. Since many people can’t go to school or to work, many have turned to daily walks to get fresh air and exercise. With more pedestrians out and about comes a greater risk of accidents occurring, especially when reckless drivers are present.

Speeding drivers pose a threat to non-racing drivers on these roads, too. The New York Police Department reported 3,922 car accidents in Manhattan in 2018. This number is likely to spike with dangerous drivers on the road. Additionally, there are fewer police officers to respond to complaints about racers because their energy is focused on handling COVID-19. According to Patch, over 7,000 NYPD officers are currently out sick. This is 20% of their police force. The remaining officers must keep themselves available to respond to COVID-19-related calls.

If you are injured in a pedestrian or car accident because of someone else’s reckless driving, you can and should take legal action against them. You should not have to suffer financially because of another person’s negligence. The drivers who are taking advantage of the empty roadways created as a result of COVID-19 are knowingly breaking the law and could cause a tragic accident.

Contact a New York Accident Attorney

You should never have to face the challenges of a car accident alone. You may need help navigating the costs of car repairs, lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP is here to help you, even during these difficult times.

Given the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken a proactive approach to protecting our clients and employees. 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.


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.


New details released regarding NYPD’s “No Report” crash policy

The New York Police Department recently announced a new “no report” car crash policy, meaning that police officers will not respond to minor car accidents, according to an article from StreetsBlog. This policy is now being implemented city-wide after successfully testing it in Staten Island last March.

Though they had planned to eventually apply the policy city-wide, NYPD is rolling it out now due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The virus, which has already infected nearly 150,000 and killed over 6,000 New Yorkers, has put an unprecedented strain on New York City’s first responders and healthcare providers. The new NYPD policy aims to free up some police manpower to respond to COVID-19 related calls instead of minor traffic accidents. The NYPD is optimistic about the policy because, during the Staten Island pilot testing, response times were reduced by 9%.

The policy states that police officers will not respond to car accidents resulting in minor damage to the car or property damage, but they will be required to respond to accidents in which:

  • Someone sustained an injury or was killed
  • One party involved in the accident disputes the other party’s claims or version of the story
  • A witness or third party called 911 to report the accident
  • One party involved in the accident flees the scene
  • One or both cars needs to be towed
  • An animal is hit and injured or killed
  • A parked car was damaged and the owner cannot be located

If you are involved in a minor traffic accident, but none of the above situations applies to you, your 911 call will be diverted to a pre-recorded message. The message will describe the new policy and instruct you on how to proceed.

Whenever you are involved in a car accident, there are some basic steps you should take to protect yourself and obtain necessary information from the other party. You should always exchange drivers license and insurance information with the other party, as well as their car’s registration. Take photos of any damage to your car or injuries you sustained, if possible. Write down the other car’s license plate number and a description of the vehicle in case you need it later. If either car involved in the crash sustained damage worth over $1,000, you must file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (MV104) with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as soon as possible. This form can be found online or at a local police station.

Contact a New York car accident attorney

If you sustained an injury in a car crash, this new NYPD policy does not apply to you. Be sure to call the police and file a report immediately to record the nature of the accident and your injuries. If you were hurt in an accident in New York, the team at Hach & Rose, LLP are prepared to assist you. We have taken a proactive approach to protect our clients and employees alike, and we are able to provide the same high-quality service that you have come to expect. We can conduct consultations online, and are still here to answer your calls, emails, or messages, so reach out to us for assistance today.


Child Dies of Severe Head Injury at New York Daycare

A New York toddler died earlier this month after sustaining a severe head injury at an in-home daycare, according to People Magazine.

According to authorities, the 24-year-old caregiver allegedly hit the child’s head against the edge of a table. It has not been confirmed whether she hit his head intentionally or not, but she was charged with first-degree manslaughter and is awaiting trial.

The injured toddler, 23-month-old Lennox Santiago, was rushed to a local hospital after the caregiver called 911. Santiago underwent brain surgery for his severe head injury but died two days later.

Tragedies like this one do not happen often in daycare facilities, but unfortunately, they do occur occasionally. While taking legal action will not heal your family’s emotional pain, it could provide a path to compensation for medical bills and for seeking justice against the person who injured your child.

There are a number of different types of daycare facilities in the U.S., but each one is expected to provide a certain duty of care to the children they are entrusted with. Whether it is a childcare center in a church, a preschool, after-school care, or family childcare in the provider’s own home, the caregivers who are running the facility are expected to provide a clean, safe environment for the children. When this trust is breached and tragedy occurs, the parents will likely want to take legal action.

Steps to Take if Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

If your child was injured at a daycare, there are a few basic things you should do immediately following the injury.

First, seek medical attention, especially if the injury is life-threatening. Personal injury lawyers recommend consulting a doctor so they can officially document your child’s injuries. This written report could be useful later on if you choose to take further legal action or go to court.

Next, be sure the daycare provider fills out an official report documenting what happened. If needed, file a police report as well, because this will add extra documentation to your case.

Should you choose to take legal action against the daycare provider, you will need to prove that they were liable for the accident. A New York personal injury attorney can help build your case and guide you through this process. It is likely that the daycare facility will have some sort of insurance policy designed to protect them in case a child is injured on their watch. An experienced personal injury lawyer can negotiate firmly on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Your legal team will need to prove:

  • The daycare provider had a duty to protect your child from injury
  • The daycare facility violated this duty
  • The breach caused your child’s injuries
  • The injury must have been foreseeable by daycare staff or management
  • The nature of your child’s damages and the approximate cost of treatment (estimated medical bills, past and future)

Contact a New York Daycare Accident Attorney

If your child suffered a severe injury at their daycare, you might want to take legal action against the provider who was negligent toward your child. Call the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP today for a free consultation. Our caring team has years of experience handling daycare injury cases and wants to help you, too. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to discuss your legal options today.


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