What Are The Leading Causes of Injuries on Construction Sites?
Construction workers in New York face a wide range of risks on the job every single day. Data shows that construction-related fatalities account for 27% of all work-related fatalities in New York – despite the fact that construction workers account for only 5% of the total workforce.
The leading causes of injuries on New York construction sites include:
Falls are by far the most common cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Lack of proper fall protection mechanism is the single biggest reason why fall accidents are so common on construction sites. Other reasons include the lack of guardrail and safety net systems, improperly constructed scaffoldings, and defective or cracked ladders.
Slips and Trips
Slip and trip accidents are less serious in nature compared to fall accidents – as the risk of fatal injuries are comparably lower. Still, these accidents can result in injuries that can cause the worker to take time away from work – anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
Struck by an Object
Construction workers are at risk of getting struck by objects falling from the scaffolding, suspended loads coming loose, and getting struck by a moving vehicle.
Caught in or Stuck between Objects
If a worker gets caught in an unguarded machine or gets pinned against the wall or any heavy object by a vehicle, they could suffer serious injuries.
A construction worker can suffer an electrocution injury if they unknowingly come into contact with a power line or any other source of electricity.
Defective Power Tools, Machinery, and Equipment
Defective tools and equipment can exponentially increase the risk of accidents on a construction site. Faulty equipment can not only pose a serious risk to the person who operates or uses it, but also to those who happen to be nearby.
Construction equipment like graders, forklifts, backhoes, and trucks must only be operated by trained and experienced workers. Similarly, they must be carefully inspected on a regular basis and maintained properly. If these vehicles are not properly maintained or if they are operated by untrained workers, the results can be catastrophic.
Common Injuries Resulting from Construction Site Accidents
The most common types of injuries that can result from a construction site accident include:
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Eye injuries
- Knee and ankle injuries
Who Is Liable for a Construction Site Accident in New York?
As a construction worker, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a work-related injury. However, depending on the circumstances, you might be able to sue the contractor, property owner, the manufacturer of defective machinery, and several other parties. So, it’s crucial for you to consult a committed and reliable construction accident lawyer before you take any steps to recover compensation.
Injured on a Construction Site? Legal Help Is Available from the Resourceful and Capable Construction Accident Lawyers in New York
At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, we have over 100 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims – including several construction accident claims – and have recovered more than half a billion dollars for our clients.
We have an in-depth understand of New York’s labor laws as well as federal laws and can hold your employer – as well as other parties – accountable for their violations and make sure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and other losses.