Employers must provide a safe work environment for employees under both federal and local laws. On the federal level, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) lists construction worksite regulations encompassing 430 sections and sub-sections. Locally, after fatal crane accidents in 2008, New York City enacted several new worksite safety laws.
Thanks to such laws, construction worksite accidents have decreased a bit.
But still, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2010, there were more than 2.9 million workplace injuries, including those at construction worksites. And the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in New York alone in 2007, there were 2,423 fatal worksite accidents.
Every one of these accidents likely resulted in a maze of serious personal and financial consequences for the injured person and/or their families. If you suffered injury in a worksite accident, you need the help of experienced Brooklyn worksite injury accident lawyers to navigate your way through this maze.
The top cause of worksite injuries is falls—whether from a roof, a ladder, or scaffolding, or down an elevator shaft or from a crane. Since 65 percent of construction workers frequently use scaffolding, about 2.3 million workers are at risk.
Other worksite hazards include the following:
Besides emotional stress, an injury from any one of these can result in lost wages, significant medical bills, and a tangle of legal issues that include proving liability and determining and obtaining adequate compensation.
If you or a loved suffered injury in a worksite accident or fatality, you need the help of experienced Brooklyn worksite injury lawyers to protect your rights.
For machinery worksite accidents in NYC, crane accidents in NYC, or other worksite accidents—whether as a contractor, hourly or salaried employee, or worksite visitor or passerby—contact the Brooklyn law offices of Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. at 718-858-3100. We have obtained more than $500 million in recoveries for our clients. Put our experienced construction worksite accident attorneys to work for you.