Statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that almost 15 people are killed every single day in private sector jobs. For 2018, 4,779 individuals were killed in the workplace or due to work-related mishaps. About 21% of these deaths involved construction work. In addition to fatalities, tens of thousands of nonfatal injuries related to construction work are also reported on an annual basis, all at a cost of tens of billions of dollars every year.
Being struck by an object, slipping and falling, electrocution, and being caught in or in-between objects, materials, or machines are the four leading causes of construction deaths and injuries. A failure to meet or follow safety standards, machine accidents, explosions, flooding, suffocation, and caustic or thermal burning are other common causes of construction-related deaths and injuries.
Were you involved in a construction accident? Did you sustain injuries of any type from construction work you were involved in? We are here to help. Contact a construction accident lawyer in Huntington with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. to learn about filing a compensation claim. Call us today at (631) 451-7900.
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The Severity of Construction Accidents for Workers
Construction work can be dangerous, and many state and federal laws are designed to protect construction worker welfare on-the-job. For example, tunnel construction work is governed by OSHA standard 1926.800. Labor laws, in general, are governed by Article 7 of New York’s Labor Laws, and New York Labor Law (LAB) §240 on scaffolding applies to construction, demolition, and repair work.
These statutes and laws have been passed to ensure that worker safety is guarded and that there are adequate safeguards to protect workers from construction site accidents. For example, the statutes above outline where and how many construction site entryways and exits are required for a project of a given size, what kinds of employee training are needed for different kinds of work, how to monitor workplace hazards, and what types of personal protective equipment is needed for jobs of different types.
Unfortunately, despite all of these rules, accidents such as those outlined above are all still too common. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that 200,000 construction-related injuries were reported in 2018. Almost 80,000 of these resulted in lost work-days, and the estimated cost of these accidents in terms of lost productivity, lost worker income, medical treatment costs, and insurance administration is estimated to cost society about $70 billion every year.
Common injuries that occur on construction sites include:
- Head, face, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Damage to internal organs, and internal bleeding
- Crushed, broken, and fractured bones
- Muscle, connective tissue, nerve, tendon, and ligament injuries
- Respiratory illnesses
- Injury from toxic chemical exposure
- Bruises, burns, cuts, and lacerations
- Blindness, dental injuries, and hearing injuries
- Total or partial paralysis
A construction accident lawyer servicing Huntington with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help you handle legal claims involving these and other types of construction injuries. Call our legal team at (631) 451-7900 to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
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Common Causes of Construction Mishaps
There are many ways that construction accidents can cause the injuries listed above. Consider the following examples:
Slips and Falls
A lack of worker training and a lack of adherence to, for example, scaffolding laws can lead to slips and falls, as can a failure to meet or implement OSHA Standard §1926.501 that relates to safe and stable flooring and fall-prevention. Poor equipment servicing, a lack of maintenance, inadequate safety equipment, poor lighting, and slippery or uneven surfaces can also contribute to or cause a slip and fall. Liquid spills, inappropriate footwear, walkway clutter, and torn carpeting can also lead to a dangerous or lethal fall.
Inadequate Training or Supervision
Construction sites are required to have well-trained and experienced personnel on-site at all times to watch for, prevent, and respond to dangerous situations. They are tasked with the likes of emergency evacuations, managing the use of dangerous chemicals and explosives, and making sure that workers have access to the right tools and equipment and have the right protection in place to use that equipment for the jobs that they need to do. A failure to have such a resource can lead to an accident on the construction site.
Machine and/or Power Tool Mishaps
Inadequate worker training, inadequate machine guarding, a failure to secure machines or materials, and worker mistakes when using machines can lead to deadly or long-term injuries.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If your employer, a coworker, a service team, or someone else whose negligence, recklessness, or other actions caused or resulted in your injuries, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against them. A failure to meet safety rules mandated by OSHA and other state or federal bodies is negligence. A failure to provide proper machine guarding or protective gear is negligence. A lack of worksite maintenance or servicing that leads to injuries is also negligence.
If your employer or someone else was guilty of such negligence, you can file a personal injury claim if you can show that:
- The at-fault party’s negligence caused or contributed to your accident.
- You suffered damages or injuries in the mishap.
You can prove the above using photo or video evidence, maintenance logs, eyewitness statements, or the professional assessment of a reconstruction expert.
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You should not have to suffer the emotional and financial costs of your accident without compensation. If the mishap that caused your injuries was preventable and was caused by the recklessness, negligence, or ineptitude of someone who should have known better or ensured that your workplace or equipment was safe for you to use, you can potentially file a claim against them.
To file a personal injury claim and to evaluate your losses, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900. Our construction accident lawyers servicing Huntington will help you put together a claim and negotiate with the at-fault party responsible, as well as their insurance company, to get whatever compensation you may be owed by law. Contact us today for a case evaluation. We can also assist clients in Spanish.