Quality Legal Representation for Construction Site Injuries
It is not surprising that the construction industry in New York employs almost a quarter of a million people, as increasing demand brings new employment opportunities. It is a dangerous occupation for construction workers due to potential environmental hazards.
Construction workers regularly maneuver heavy equipment and push themselves physically while on the job. In addition, workers are often exposed to poisonous and toxic chemical substances used in construction. Toxic exposure can result in various occupational illnesses such as respiratory ailments, blood disorders, cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Construction accidents and ailments are far too common, especially when employers neglect to take precautionary measures—such carelessness can result in significant workplace injuries, ailments, and even death.
The Buffalo Injury Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in a construction accident in New York, you may benefit from the services of a reputable and professional construction accident lawyer to fight on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been the victim of employer negligence, the experienced construction site accident lawyers at The Buffalo Injury Law Firm can provide the legal representation you need to protect you and your family.
Construction accident victims may be workers or bystanders. They are entitled to file for compensation for their suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Unfortunately, construction corporations and insurance companies often refuse to provide injured workers reasonable compensation and leave workers and others to fend for themselves.
Construction Site Accident Statistics
A single misstep or failed safety measure can quickly lead to tragedy in the construction industry. According to the annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is the deadliest industry in New York. Employers’ failure to provide safe and secure construction sites regularly results in workers experiencing debilitating injuries, often leading to death or permanent disability.
In light of alarming statistics, New York has enacted various construction laws. For example, a scaffold must be securely installed on the construction site, according to Section 240 of the scaffolding law. Section 200 of the NYC Labor Code requires owners to provide reasonable protection for workers on the job site, repair dangerous circumstances, and warn them of any hazardous conditions that have yet to be repaired.
According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Four Principal Factors known as “The Fatal Four” Cause Most Fatal Construction Accidents. These are:
- Falls – The majority of construction work must be done at significant heights, requiring the use of scaffolds, cranes, ladders, and roofs. The most common cause of construction accidents is falling from height due to improper protection or equipment.
- Struck by an Object – Many types of equipment and debris may be present at a construction site. An object or machinery can strike an employee or even a pedestrian passing by.
- Electrocution – Working with exposed wires, power lines, and electric panels is hazardous and potentially lethal. Employers and construction sites must strictly follow applicable electrical safety standards and workplace laws to avoid worker injuries.
- Caught in-between Equipment – Workers are frequently trapped in or between heavy machinery or equipment due to the irresponsibility of others. As a result, devastating construction site accidents occur.
Common Injuries from Construction Site Accidents
Contractors and owners in the construction industry have a legal and ethical obligation to protect their employees from any accident or injury. However, some people cut corners to save money at the expense of workplace safety. Injuries on a construction site can range from minor to severe. Every day, workers trust construction managers to safeguard them. Yet, many workers and their families suffer due to employers’ carelessness.
The Following are the Most Common Construction Site Injuries:
- Broken bone
- Head/Brain injury (TBI)
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Chemical burns
- Deep lacerations
- Toxic chemicals
Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer
A construction accident lawyer can guide you through the legal process and maximize your chances of a favorable outcome in court. At The Buffalo Injury Law Firm, we have years of experience addressing these claims. We can assist you in determining the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and build a strategy for success.
Our legal team comprises experienced construction accident professionals in Buffalo, New York. We are well versed in New York labor and construction laws. With our extensive experience and dependable resources, our clients have an excellent advantage in filing construction accident claims.
Contact The Buffalo Injury Law Firm at (716)646-8412 to speak with a construction accident attorney who is passionate about protecting the rights of those injured. We provide a free case review to discuss your options. Serving clients in Buffalo, Rochester, Erie, and Monroe Counties.