Construction accidents can be prevented by implementing consistent, non-negotiable standards for safety. Property owners and construction managers are responsible for the safety of a construction site. They must take measures to ensure that people working on the site and people who enter the site as non-workers are safe from injury or death caused by a construction accident. When site managers and owners fail to take precautionary measures, they may be held responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur.
Companies and Workers Must Take Steps to Minimize Risk in Construction Sites
There may be multiple parties responsible for safety failures on a construction site. Liable parties may include:
- An engineer
- A site manager or contractor
- The owner of a site
- The site architect
All parties on a construction site must take steps to reduce the risk of injury and death to the greatest possible extent. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that construction is the most dangerous professional field in terms of workplace safety, and unsafe construction sites may pose risks to non-workers as well. The NSC discusses several tips for reducing the risk of injury on a worksite:
- Ensure people who enter a construction site are using safety equipment
- Ensure all workers are properly trained in safety-conscious work practices
- Be on constant alert for possible safety hazards
- Ensure all workers have slip-resistant shoes
- Stop work when potentially dangerous weather conditions occur
- Ensure equipment, such as tools, are being used properly
- Ensure ladders have locking mechanisms engaged
Beyond what the NSC advises, those responsible for construction site safety must take safety measures specific to the site and conditions in question. Every construction site presents unique hazards, and everyone involved at the site must constantly be working to prevent injury and death.
Statistics Show that Construction Accidents Remain a Problem
New York Law provides particularly strong worker safety rules. Despite these regulations, serious injuries and death are a persistent problem. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) documents work-related deaths ranging back to 2017, most of which many occurred in a construction setting. Hazards depicted in these statistics include:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls from ladders
- Excavated material collapses
- Falling items, including boards, tools, and materials including steel beams
- Wall collapses
- Being struck by a ceiling or other support structures
The number of hazards present on a New York construction site may be far greater than the average workplace. The New York City Department of Buildings maintains a running account of construction accident reports. According to their data, common causes for injuries and fatalities on construction sites include falls, scaffolding collapses, equipment misuse or malfunction, falling materials, and soil-related operation failures.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured because of dangerous or unsafe conditions on a construction site, you may be able to collect substantial compensation for your physical, emotional, and economic damages. The experienced and dedicated lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates have been fighting for injured workers since 1988. Our team is standing by to help you recover the fair and just financial compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation, call (212) 732-2929
Our Lawyers Can Help You Demand Financial Compensation After a Construction Accident
Depending on the unique facts and circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to receive Worker Compensation benefits as well as financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Without a careful investigation of the facts of your case, you may be under a false belief that you cannot bring a personal injury claim. It is imperative that you consult with lawyers who know how to uncover all of the evidence required to preserve your rights
Once you retain our team of lawyers, we will immediately begin to perform a thorough investigation of your case that preserves evidence and builds a strong claim for financial compensation.
Some of the specific actions that we may take include:
- Obtaining all police, accident, OSHA, or incident reports
- Securing site photographs and witness statements
- Consulting with construction or worksite safety experts
- Requesting all hospital and medical records
- Demanding sworn statements and safety records from all owners, construction managers, and contractors
- Retaining medical and financial experts to evaluate the long term impact of all injuries
- Negotiating with all at-fault parties
- Preparing your case for trial before a jury if necessary
The Result of a Successful Claim or Lawsuit
Though we prepare every case for trial before a jury, many cases are resolved through a settlement before trial. Either way, the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates are committed to ensuring that injury victims receive fair and just compensation for each and every type of damage they sustained because of the fault of another. Depending upon the unique injuries you suffered, you may be entitled to money for:
- Pain and suffering for all physical or emotional injuries
- Future pain and suffering if the injuries sustained are deemed permanent
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Hospital and medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Future lost income and loss of pension benefits
- Loss of services or damage to the marital relationship
- In the event of death, loss of guidance, funeral expenses, and other damages
- Any other out of pocket expenses due to the injury or death
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Today
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a construction accident, contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates without delay. There are deadlines that limit your right to bring a claim for damages. If you fail to begin a claim within that deadline, you may be forever prevented from obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today. Our consultation is free and if we agree to accept your case you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only receive a legal fee unless you receive compensation.
We Represent clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Call the team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 for more details about how we will seek the best possible outcome for you or a loved one victimized by a construction accident.