Dozens of New York construction accidents occur every day due to hazardous conditions
Construction is often regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Every day, workers face dozens of hazards and dangers that put their health and well-being at risk. Ill-equipped and ill-prepared employees can face serious injuries, devastating illnesses and even death. In many instances, injured workers should not simply settle for workers compensation benefits. If a preventable construction hazard caused you to get hurt or sick, you may be entitled to a monetary settlement via a liability lawsuit. Additionally, bystanders injured by a construction hazard may sue the contractor or owner of the construction site. A New York construction lawyer at Barasch & McGarry can help you explore your legal options.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) creates and regulates certain standards to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Although the efforts of OSHA have drastically reduced job-related injuries, millions of workers are still injured every year. In many instances, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, property owners and other involved parties are to blame for preventable construction accidents. Common New York safety hazards include:
- Construction falls
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Falling objects
- Tool malfunctions
Construction workers are also at risk from harmful exposure to chemicals, biological factors and physical strain. These exposures can lead to heat exhaustion, influenza, bodily infections and even mesothelioma or asbestosis. Frequently seen harmful exposures include:
- Carbon monoxide
- Excessive heavy lifting
- Extreme temperatures
- Repetitive motion
You do not have to suffer in silence. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident, schedule a free consultation with a NY construction accident attorney at Barasch & McGarry. Call 855.539.9189 or contact us online.