New York Construction Site Ladder Accident Attorneys
The construction industry is booming and boasts more than 6.5 million construction workers who work at more than 250,000 construction sites across the United States every single day. And due to the nature of the work, the private construction industry sector accounts for the highest number of workplace fatalities in New York City, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Fatal Occupational Injuries in New York City – 2017 findings.
Construction workers are at the most risk of fatal falls from heights, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, they are seven times more at risk of falling from height and that fall resulting in death than other industries.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2014, 660 workers died from falls due to height, and 49,210 were injured badly enough that they required days off from work; many of said workers suffered a traumatic brain injury due to falls. OSHA reported that in 2017, there were 366 fatal falls to a lower level out of 971 construction fatalities.
However, not all deaths are due to falling from a very high height. In fact, Injury Facts 2017 found that half of all fatal falls occurred at heights of 20 feet or lower, with 12% at less than 6 feet high.
The sad fact is that falls from ladders on construction sites in New York can cause devastating injuries for construction workers, even fatalities in more severe circumstances. Even if the accident does not result in death, construction workers may be left with lifelong injuries that can negatively impact their ability to work or take care of themselves and their families. Whether it be for a few months during recovery, years of rehabilitation, or forced early retirement due to injury, construction site accidents can negatively affect construction workers’ livelihoods and ability to earn a living for the remainder of their lifetimes.
According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction site accidents, and they account for about one-third of all fatalities in the construction industry. OSHA says that fall protection procedures are required when construction workers are working at heights of 6 feet or more above a lower level. It also applies at heights of less than 6 feet, when a construction worker is working near dangerous equipment, such as over machinery with open drive belts, pulleys, or gears or open vats of degreasing agents or acid.
Fall protection can help reduce the severity of a ladder accident. OSHA recommends the use of guardrails, fall arrest systems, harnesses, ropes, cages, safety nets, covers and restraint systems, which can prevent many deaths and injuries from falls; however, not all construction sites have these safety protocols in place to prevent avoidable injuries.
Even if these protocols are in place, human error can account for an unavoidable trip that may become a traumatic accident or even a tragedy. Most ladder accidents can be avoided if appropriate safety measures are instituted and upheld. Ladder safety is the responsibility of the construction workers on the job site, as well as the site managers and employers.
Construction workers are expected to be adequately trained in fall protection, which can include instructions on safety regulations and standards and training in the use of safety equipment. The construction worker is responsible for their own safe use and handling of the ladder. The construction worker is also responsible for inspecting ladders to identify any damages or issues that may cause an accident or a fall and to report those issues to their supervisor.
Employers are responsible for providing training and refresher courses to workers, and supplying ladders in good working condition and designed to bear the correct weight and use for the intended project.
Unfortunately, safety violations are not uncommon and injuries do occur due to employer or contractor negligence. In some instances, there may be other responsible parties for an accident, including outside vendors, leasing companies, equipment designers, manufacturers, or subcontractors.
If you or your loved ones have been injured on a construction site in New York due to a ladder accident, contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options in this situation.
Causes of Construction Site Ladder Accidents in New York
Many workers at various construction sites across the country utilize ladders to perform their jobs, including electrical work, painting, and roofing, among other worker jobs on a construction site. Despite their common use across job sites, ladders and ladder falls can pose tremendous dangers to workers on construction sites in New York and New York City.
In New York, there are laws in place that provide construction workers with regulations to enable safe working environments. And in the event of injuries due to negligence, construction works may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, damages, or death.
New York Labor Law 200 is another law that protects construction workers working on construction sites. It ensures that employers and contractors provide safe working conditions for all workers and employees, and in the event of injury, employers and contractors are held liable for injuries.
Some common construction site ladder accidents are due to:
- Falls off a ladder
- Objects that fall off a ladder, such as tools, buckets, and other work materials, onto workers below
- Ladders that tip or fall
- Moving ladders or carrying them
- Ladder collapse or break
Contact a New York construction site ladder accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice.
Common Construction Site Ladder Accident Injuries
Construction workers in New York are injured in ladder accidents every year. And due to the significant heights that ladders are positioned in, falls from ladders or objects that fall from ladders onto workers below, can be severe or fatal in more severe instances.
Common construction site ladder accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Bruises and lacerations
- Tissue damage
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Other internal injuries
Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the incident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the construction company in the future.
If you were the victim of a construction site ladder accident due to a construction company’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against the construction company.
You May Be Able to Recover Damages for Your Construction Site Ladder Accident
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a construction site ladder accident in New York or New York City, you may be able to recover damages due to:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost limbs
- Permanent injury or disability
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical bills incurred
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
If you suffered injuries due to a ladder accident on a construction site, the construction company may be liable for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other expenses that may have been incurred after your injury.
However, when pursuing a civil lawsuit against a construction company, manager, or contractor, it is necessary to prove negligence—someone acted in a way that goes against what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation—and liability—the act of negligence directly contributed to someone else’s injuries. Many factors can contribute to a ladder accident on a construction site, including age and wear of the ladder, maintenance or lack thereof, negligence on the part of the worker or supervisor, and lack of or inadequate safety training.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against a construction company for injuries sustained. Contact a New York construction site ladder accident victim lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced at understanding the construction site accident laws in New York and understanding your legal rights after a personal injury.
We have recovered millions of dollars for clients who were injured in a construction site ladder accidents in New York, including:
- $13,000,000 for a jury verdict obtained on behalf of an injured union painter who fell from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- $3,525,000 for a construction supervisor who fell from a makeshift ladder injuring his back.
- $1,625,000 settlement obtained for a carpenter just prior to trial in which the client stepped off a ladder and tripped on debris.
- $800,000 for a construction worker who fell from a ladder positioned on scaffolding.
- $600,000 for a construction worker who fell from a ladder during a renovation project.
- $300,000 for a worker who fell from an A-frame ladder while he was replacing a sensor on the back of the boiler.
- $250,000 for a man injured due to an unsafe ladder at a storage facility.
- $225,000 for a union electrician who injured his wrist when he fell from his ladder on a construction project.
- $200,000 for an operating engineer injured at work when he fell from an unsafe ladder.
Our attorneys have been able to successfully obtain personal injury awards worth millions of dollars for other injured New Yorkers who suffered injuries in construction site ladder accidents and may be able to do the same for you if you’ve been injured in a construction site accident. Contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.