September 20, 2017 proved to be a dangerous day for construction workers in Manhattan. Three construction workers fell from skyscrapers in two separate incidents on the same day, leaving two dead and one injured. All three men fell from extreme heights while working on the construction of high-rises in Manhattan. If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, discuss your potential claims with a personal injury law firm.
Two high-rise construction accidents
A construction worker fell from the 29th story of the 1 Seaport building in Manhattan, landing on a scaffold on the first floor. He was apparently knocked down by a crane cable that other workers were attempting to loosen. He plunged from the shaking platform to his death. It was also reported that the work on that site was stopped due to unsafe crane operation after at least nine construction-related violations had been cited and fines imposed.
About five hours after the first accident, two construction workers from a crew working on a building in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards fell approximately 35 feet while operating a forklift cage that collapsed. One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene and the other suffered head and other trauma. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
How common are construction accidents?
According to the most recent statistics, more than 4,800 workers were killed on the job in 2014. Of the deaths occurring in the private industry, approximately 20 percent were in construction. Additionally, the most common cause of private sector construction-related deaths were falls at nearly 40 percent.
Cranes and other types of construction accidents
Construction work can be very dangerous, regardless of whether you are working on a small project for a homeowner or a major commercial job. The unfortunate reality is that construction accidents are quite common despite the various regulations and inspections meant to promote job safety. Even with all of the job safety programs in place to help reduce construction site accidents and increase safety awareness, a construction accident lawyer can have his hands full representing victims of work-related injuries. Accidents and injuries involving cranes are only one example of the many types of construction accidents that occur.
Construction accidents in general
It is commonly recognized that construction sites are inherently dangerous for workers. Nevertheless, employers still have a duty to make the workplace and the equipment being used, safe for its employees. When the injuries suffered are not the fault of the employee, a construction accident lawyer can guide you through proving your claims.
Common types of construction accident claims
There are some common types of accident claims that construction accident lawyers are very familiar with. For example, electrical shock can result from faulty wiring. Head, neck and spinal cord injuries are typically caused by falls from scaffolding or other elevated equipment. Mechanical issues or heavy machinery failures also frequently cause injuries or death, including amputations. There are types of claims that also fit in this category. If you have questions, ask our personal injury law firm for information.
Construction accident claims usually involve workers’ comp claims
Some workers who are injured on the job are hesitant, at first, to speak a lawyer about their construction accident injuries. Usually, that is because they believe their chances of recovery will be small or the compensation you receive will be minimal. This can be a reasonable concern since most state’s workers’ compensation systems are not very generous. However, after speaking with a construction accident lawyer, who is particularly familiar with the workers’ compensation system, can alleviate a victim’s apprehensions.
A personal injury law firm can provide assistance
A personal injury law firm that has experience handling construction accident cases is the best choice when you need to determine your right to compensation for a construction-related death or injury. The personal injury law firm must also be very familiar with the workers’ compensation laws in your state. Your attorney can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled under workers’ comp, as well as further compensation beyond those particular benefits. If you have been hurt by defective machinery, for example, that would constitute a personal injury claim, as well.
If you have questions regarding construction accidents or any other personal injury matters in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a free consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us toll-free at (888) 433-4861.