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Construction Accidents

New York Lawyers

Construction accidents can occur at any time and anywhere. This is especially true in the busy and ever changing landscape of New York. Workers are extremely vulnerable to unsafe conditions on many construction sites due to employers, general contractors, and building owners cutting corners to save on jobs rather than ensure the well-being of the workers.  Construction accidents are not limited to workers either. Innocent bystanders and pedestrians who pass by these sites on a daily basis can suffer serious injuries or even be killed.

According to the 2024 annual report from NYCOSH (New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health) the construction fatality rate increased in New York City from 11.2 deaths per 100,000 workers to 11.5 per 100,000 workers in 2022, a 2.7% increase. However, while New York City ticked upwards, New York State ticked slightly downwards, decreasing from 12.1 per 100,000 workers in 2021 to 9.6 per 100,000 workers in 2022, a 21% decrease. 

Nevertheless, these numbers still represent the significance in how dangerous and unpredictable construction sites can be. Across the entire United States, New York State and New York City have the highest proportion of construction-related fatalities.

Construction Accidents
Common Construction Accidents and Injuries:
  • Falls from heights on ladders and scaffolds;
  • Improper safety devices;
  • Cranes, hoists, pulleys, and heavy machinery;
  • Demolition and explosions;
  • Renovations and excavations;
  • Painting;
  • Window washing;
  • Masonry;
  • Welding;
  • Electrocution and shock;
  • Heavy or sharp projectiles;
  • Unsecured tools or debris;
  • Toxic substance exposure;
  • Dangerous chemicals;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Shoulder and arm injuries;
  • Leg and knee injuries;
  • Ankle and foot injuries;
  • Hand and finger injuries;
  • Repetitive stress injuries;
  • Soft tissue injuries;
  • Sprain and strain injuries;
  • Trip, slip, and fall injuries;
  • Paralysis or death.

Another harsh reality is that workers are exploited by their employers knowingly violating safety and health protections on job sites. This is especially true with immigrant workers who make up the largest percentage of injuries and fatalities.  Many times these workers will be told to keep quiet so they don’t lose their jobs, or be threatened with getting deported.

Important Links for Construction Accidents:

If you are unfamiliar with the labor law, you can use the links below to familiarize yourself with the laws. 

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