Accidents happen every day. In fact, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, in 2006 there were over 4.8 million falls alone—the top-ranked cause of injury for people between the ages of 25 and 65.
A fall can happen anywhere at any time. But while you may slip on spilled liquid in a grocery store or a workplace cafeteria, there is one place that presents vastly more accident potential from falls and other incidents: a construction site.
With complex equipment and conditions like extreme heights, a construction site presents a broad range of hazards for injury that include the following:
Many serious construction accidents occur in Brooklyn and NYC, such as the two huge crane accidents in 2008 that killed three construction workers within the space of three months.
How can we prevent such accidents? Basically, through complying with a range of local, state, and federal standards and regulations.
What can you do if you get hurt in a New York area construction accident? Simple: seek help from a law firm with experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyers.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has extensive construction site safety standards that include 430 sections and sub-sections. There are specific requirements for each type of hazard. But generally it boils down to addressing issues such as appropriate and prominent warning signs, safety barriers, and employee training.
Specifically, prevention of construction accidents in Brooklyn and NYC involves city regulations enacted after the crane accidents in 2008, including things as simple as prohibiting smoking onsite. And these regulations are working:
The city is strictly enforcing the new rules, resulting in the New York City Buildings Department issuing more than 5,100 stop work orders due to violations in 2011 alone. But of course accidents do still happen. If you suffer injury in any construction accidents in NYC, contact experienced Brooklyn construction accident attorneys.
To help you navigate the legal maze and obtain optimal compensation, contact the law office of Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. at 718-858-3100. Our experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyers work diligently to ensure protection of your rights.