The death of a loved one is hard to deal with, particularly when that loved one was killed doing their job as a construction worker and trying to provide for their family. Each year, nearly 5,000 American workers are killed while working. The working conditions of construction workers present many risks. Deaths of construction workers on the job account for over 20% of all annual worker fatalities. In this article, we will explore what types of accidents kill the most construction workers and what you should do if you or a loved one are injured while working on a construction site.
There are several different types of accidents that tend to be responsible for the deaths of most construction workers: getting caught in machinery, electrocution, being struck by an object and falls from heights.
Of the construction workers killed in an on-the-job accident, 7.3% are killed by getting caught, crushed, squeezed or compressed between two objects. This includes being caught between two pieces of heavy machinery, being pulled into moving machinery and being hit by moving machinery parts.
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Electrocution deaths on construction sites are suffered most frequently by electricians and construction laborers. They make up 8.3% of all construction worker deaths on the job.
Being Hit by an Object
9.4% of construction worker deaths are caused by a worker being struck by an object. This includes objects that fall, roll or swing and hit a construction worker.
The most common type of accident that kills the most construction workers is falling. 38.7% of accidents that kill construction workers on the job involve falling. Workers can be killed by failing off of ladders, scaffolding, roofs, through flooring and off any structure.
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What Should I Do if I am Injured on a Construction Site?
If you are injured while working on a construction site in the scope of your employment, you should consult a NYC construction accident lawyer as soon as possible.
An investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the parties responsible for the accident should be conducted immediately. Conditions on construction sites change very rapidly. It is important to get pictures and preserve evidence. Machinery may need to be identified, inspected and tested before they are removed from the job site. There are owners, contractors and subcontractors that may be responsible for the accident who need to be identified.
In New York, owners and contractors may be strictly liable for the injuries suffered by a worker in an accident. In strict liability cases, the construction worker or his or her family in a death case does not have to prove that the owner or general contractor was negligent if it can be shown that they did not provide required safety devices to the construction worker. The Labor Law provides that owners and general contractors have an absolute duty to construct, shore, equip, guard, arrange, operate and conduct the construction, renovation, alteration, excavation, demolition, painting, cleaning, pointing and/or repair work at job sites larger than one or two family dwellings so as to provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety to all persons employed and working on the construction site. Owners and contractors are also responsible if the accident was caused by the violation of any requirement set forth in the New York State Industrial Code.
If you are a construction worker and have been injured on the job or if your family member died as a result of a workplace accident, contact us for an immediate consultation and we will review your case. We will advise you of who can be sued and why they are responsible. Dansker& Aspromonte Associates has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients involved in workplace accidents.