Most New Yorkers go about their day blissfully unaware that construction accidents are happening around them. Unfortunately, given the many new projects, cranes, scaffolds, and construction sites scattered across Manhattan and the Bronx, construction accident injuries are all too common. If you or a loved one suffers a TBI, broken bone, or other type of injury because of a construction accident, an experienced lawyer can help you file a claim for compensation.
Construction accidents are on the rise
With more than eight million people working and playing in New York City, it’s no wonder that new buildings and businesses are constantly popping up. Yet each new skyscraper, apartment building or restaurant means construction sites with cranes, scaffolding, and materials that pose a danger to workers as well as pedestrians. Consider the following statistics regarding construction accidents and injuries in New York City:
- In 2015 there were 433 construction accidents – a 46% increase from the previous year.
- 471 pedestrians and hardhats were injured – a 91% increase from the previous year.
- The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction workers make up 5% of NYC’s total workforce, yet account for 27% of work-related injury fatalities.
- From 2007 to 2014, an average of 20 construction workers were killed on the job each year in NYC.
- More than half of all unintentional fatal injuries sustained by construction workers (58%) were caused by falls.
- The majority of fatal fall injuries occurred from scaffolds (25%), ladders (16%) and roofs (11%).
- Non-fall, fatal unintentional injuries on construction sites also included being struck, crushed or caught between objects or equipment (32%).
The number of new construction sites in NYC isn’t decreasing any time soon. However, precautions can be taken to reduce the number of pedestrian and worker injuries. Contractors and employers have a duty to ensure they are complying with all safety standards. They should be regularly inspecting equipment, construction sites, harnesses, scaffolding and equipment. Workers should also be aware of their surroundings and report any safety concerns, no matter how minor they may seem.
Get skilled legal guidance from a New York construction accident lawyer
Whether you’re an injured worker or pedestrian, you have the right to seek damages. Contact The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn online to find out more about your legal options, or call us at 718-409-5500.