Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites on a Construction Site in Long Island, NY
Construction sites can be extremely dangerous, especially when proper safety precautions are neglected.
If you’ve been injured while on a construction site, you could be entitled to compensation.
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What are the Most Common Injuries on Construction Sites in New York?
Any type of injury can occur on a construction site, but some tend to be more common than others. Some of the most common injuries that happen on construction sites include:
- Broken bones
- Crushing or trapped under scaffolding or ladders
- Electrocutions and other burns
- Head injuries
If you’ve sustained injuries on a construction site in New York, you could be entitled to compensation.
Construction Site Injuries on the Rise
According to information in a recent article in the New York Daily News, construction site injuries – and unfortunately, deaths – have been on the rise in the last few years.
Data shows the spike in incidents directly correlates with a spike in building activity, coupled with a drop in safety inspections. There are more opportunities for people to be injured and fewer safety efforts underway to prevent injuries and deaths.
The majority of incidents in New York involved falls, which accounted for nearly 60 percent of all fatal accidents on construction sites from 2011 to 2015. This number is nearly double the number of construction site deaths related to falls nationwide.
Industry experts stopped short of calling construction site falls an epidemic in New York, but point out that every two to three weeks for the last two years a construction worker has fallen to his or her death. Many of these incidents are believed to have been preventable. There is concern that a relaxation of requirements at the federal level could cause these numbers to rise even hire.
If you were working at the time of the injury, you should report the injury to your employer. Support might be available through a workers’ compensation claim.
However, if your claim is denied or you were not working when your injury occurred, compensation might still be available. An experienced construction site injury attorney can help you determine your next best step. Here at The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel we provide legal representation. Consult with us today CALL (516) 822-7866