New Construction Fatalities in New York Spark Concern Over Worker Safety
Recent construction fatalities have sparked widespread concerns in New York. Many of these accidents were probably preventable, and the victims likely left behind grieving loved ones. Not only that, but these families may now be lacking a major source of income. Fortunately, a workers’ compensation claim can help surviving family members get the compensation they need and require. But this will not bring these construction workers back, and sometimes workers’ comp claims are not enough.
Worker Falls 20 Feet to His Death in Brooklyn
On November 4th, it was reported that a construction worker had fallen 20 feet from a downtown Brooklyn tower project. He did not survive the accident. He was in the process of installing a 30-foot I-beam when he reportedly slipped and fell. Not only did he fall 20 feet, but the I-beam also came loose and fell on top of him. His employer and the developer were quick to distance themselves from any wrongdoing, although the tower project has been cited multiple times for seriously hazardous safety infractions. One of these infractions was the failure to provide safety equipment. This fatality has led to a stop-work order as the DOB investigates the circumstances of the accident.
Road Construction Worker Falls Through Bridge in Fatal Accident
On November 1st, it was reported that a construction worker had fallen “through” a bridge, ending up on the Van Wyck Expressway before he was hit by a car and killed. The exact circumstances of the crash are unclear, and some reports say that he fell through a “span” in the bridge. We can only speculate why or how the worker fell. The driver of the car that struck him stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Later, it was determined that this individual was working as a painter.
New York’s Scaffold Law
Both of these accidents have something in common: They were “gravity-related.” This is important to note because New York allows victims to hold contractors and employers liable for accidents of this nature. This is known as the “Scaffold Law,” and it has been around for countless centuries.
Many people want to get rid of the Scaffold Law, but it provides solid compensation for injured workers and their families. The key thing to remember about the Scaffold Law is that contractors face “absolute liability” in these situations. This means that even if workers failed to use provided safety equipment, they can still sue directly for injuries instead of filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Where Can I Find a Workers’ Comp Attorney in New York?
If you have been searching the New York area for a qualified, experienced workers’ comp attorney, look no further than The Glassman Law Group. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured workers in the Empire State, and we know that these accidents can be life-changing and traumatic. Whether you are a surviving family member or a worker who is trying to heal from serious injuries, we can help you. Book your consultation today and start pursuing the compensation you need and deserve.