Construction Accidents Involving Debris in NYC
Workplace Injury Attorneys Representing People in the Bronx, Queens, and throughout NYC
Construction on high-rises and other types of buildings is commonplace in New York City. The reality is that these construction sites present many dangers to workers, one of which is debris. If you are a worker who has been injured in an accident involving debris, you need to contact a Queens or Bronx construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Oresky & Associates, pllc, we are committed to providing compassionate and personalized representation to each and every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience to guide us, we can help you secure the compensation that you are entitled to receive after an accident.
Understand Your Options Following an Accident Involving Debris
Construction debris refers to materials resulting from the alteration, renovation, demolition, or repair of a building or structure. Accidents involving debris can leave a worker with serious injuries, such as broken bones, eye injuries, ear injuries, head trauma, neck injuries, or spinal cord damage. Some of these incidents may even result in a tragic death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), being struck by objects was the second-most common cause of worker fatalities in 2015.
A worker can be injured by slipping and falling on debris or by having debris fall on top of them. Forms of debris that commonly are present at construction sites include:
- Tools such as ropes, wire spools, hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches;
- Demolition refuse;;
- Glass panes and other materials for windows;
- Wooden boards or beams used to construct buildings or parts of scaffolding; and
- Concrete, bricks and cinder blocks.
Workers injured in accidents involving debris tend to think at first that they are limited to Workers’ Compensation benefits, but this is not the end of the story in many circumstances. It is the obligation of all contractors to provide a safe work environment to workers. The New York Labor Law protects all of the construction trades, including masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, painters, welders, pipe fitters, and others. Sections 200, 240, and 241 give workers who are hurt on the job certain rights to file a lawsuit for pain and suffering as well as other money damages. This right is entirely separate and distinct from a worker’s ability to pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Labor Law Section 200 codifies the duty of all property owners and contractors to provide a safe working environment. Labor Law Section 240 requires height-related protections for workers. Specifically, this statute mandates that protections be put in place to prevent workers from falling from heights and to prevent objects, including debris, from falling on top of workers. Labor Law Section 241 imposes a non-delegable duty on property certain owners, and contractors to provide a safe and reasonable construction site to workers involved in construction, excavation, or demolition work. This is done through compliance with the New York State Industrial Code.
These statutes are complex, which is why it is vital to hire an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with this area of the law. If liability is established under the New York Labor Law, an injured worker can recover accident-related damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Discuss Your Injuries With a Construction Accident Lawyer in Queens, the Bronx, and NYC
If you are a New York City worker who has been hurt in a construction accident involving debris, the dedicated lawyers at Oresky & Associates, pllc are here to help. Our goal is to make our clients as comfortable as possible. If you are not able to visit our office, we can come to meet with you at your home or in the hospital. Also, members of our team are bilingual in Spanish for victims and families who prefer to speak in Spanish. Our work injury attorneys represent victims in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Call us today at (718) 993-9999 or contact us online for a free appointment.