FALLS AND COLLAPSES: A MAJOR CAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

Construction work has one of the highest fatality rates in the job industry. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), in 2015 1 in 5 worker deaths were in construction. The leading cause of worker death in the construction industry was falls. The second leading cause of death was being struck by an object. These statistics do not take into account workers who survived but sustained injuries on construction sites.

In response to the inherent danger associated with construction work and the requirement to work at “elevated heights,” the New York legislature enacted special provisions in the New York Labor Law (sections 200, 240 &241(6)) to provide protection to laborers by ultimately placing the responsibility of workplace safety on owners, general contractors, and their agents as opposed to the workers. The definition of elevated heights varies from case to case but has covered anything from as high as skyscrapers to pipes at ground level.

The business community, especially the insurance industry and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have fought with the Legislature in Albany to change these laws. The law firm of Spiegel, Brown and Fichera, LLP has recognized the importance of this law to protect construction workers and has fought diligently in the Legislature to preserve these protections.

On the individual level, the attorneys at Spiegel, Brown and Fichera, LLP have fought successfully for injured workers who have fallen from ladders or scaffolds or have been struck by falling objects as a result of collapsing scaffolds and ladders. In the process, we have managed to obtain substantial recoveries that have made our clients financially whole.

Although employees in New York are protected by the Workers Compensation law to help recover for medical expenses and lost wages the system simply does not provide full compensation for seriously injured workers. The New York Labor law allows injured workers to seek additional compensation from third parties, those other than their employer.

If you are a construction worker injured by falling off a ladder or a scaffold or struck by a falling object, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Spiegel, Brown and Fichera, LLP has had long and successful handling of these cases for over 30 years and is here to help you recover for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.