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Negligence Major Cause of Construction Accidents in New York

Some jobs are riskier than others. Construction is one of the riskiest. Those who work in the construction industry know that what they do each day may put them in danger, but most trust that they’ll be working in as safe an environment as possible with co-workers that are properly trained. That, unfortunately, isn’t always the case.

 

Frighteningly, some 150,000 construction site accidents occur each year in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, explains New York personal injury attorney, Harley Fastman, falls make up the majority of these incidents, and while some falls are caused by worker negligence, many are the result of poorly maintained equipment and a disregard for regulations.

 

Specifically, fatal construction incidents throughout the Greater New York City area were down slightly in 2010, reported the NYC Department of Buildings. However, a Queens construction worker lost his life in the early months of 2011 as did two workers in Manhattan, leading industry professionals to believe that fatal accident rates and sloppy safety practices were on the rise once again. Non-fatal construction accidents continue to increase as well, largely due to employer negligence.

 

New York construction accident attorney, Harley Fastman has seen countless examples of situations where employers had little or no regard for worker safety. Many of them blatantly disregard laws, yet workers assume the risk nonetheless, fearing they will lose their jobs if they don’t know what is asked of them. And in this era when construction jobs are waning, holding on to the one you have is paramount.

 

Does the company you work for put you in danger? Have you been an independent contractor for a firm that skirts national or local safety policies? Examine the facts. A disregard for proper safety measures includes:

 

  • Failure to provide proper safety gear including not only small items like hard hats and gloves but also other life-saving equipment such as safety nets and harnesses.
  • Failure to provide proper training for their employees. Even if you’re trained, if you’re on the job with untrained co-workers who don’t know proper procedure or how to operate certain eqiupment, your life might be in danger.
  • Failure to maintain equipment. Malfunctioning equipment – ranging from large cranes or forklifts to small hand tools – can cause serious injury. Employers have a responsibility to keep all equipment in good working order.
  • Non-compliance of standards put in place by government agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Such rules are set forth to protect workers and any intentional disregard for them is a serious offense.

 

New York personal injury lawyer Harley Fastman understands what it takes to confront those whose negligence has created havoc in the life of an employee. Furthermore, because he is well-versed in the particulars of New York construction law in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Westchester, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Fastman and his colleagues know how to go about seeking compensation for particulars such as loss of earnings, medical bills, rehabilitative services, permanent disability, pain and suffering, impairment of duties (in regards to responsibilities as a spouse or a parent), disfigurement/scarring, and loss of quality of life.

 

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