BLACK RIVER, NY – A roof collapsed on a construction site, injuring three workers, one of whom is in critical condition.
(Source: State Police)
The accident occurred on Wednesday, June 24. Several construction workers were setting roof trusses on the Black River Plumbing, Heating, & AC building, located at 29642 County Route 50. Intense gusts of wind displaced the trusses and caused the roof to collapse, according to WWNYTV.
Lee Tricky, 38, was working on the roof as it collapsed. He fell approximately 40 feet to the ground and sustained serious internal injuries. Tricky was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in critical condition. The police have not released information about Tricky’s current status.
Two other construction workers, 38-year-old John Turpin and 29-year-old Lucas Conklin, were inside the building during the collapse. Emergency medical services transported Turpin to Carthage Area Hospital and Conklin to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment. The police report that Turpin and Conklin sustained minor injuries during the accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating this construction accident.
Construction Injuries in New York
Working on a construction site is inherently more dangerous than most other jobs. You are working around heavy machinery, loose construction materials, and in many cases, you may be working on elevated surfaces.
Unfortunately, construction accidents are common throughout New York. In 2018 alone, the New York Department of Buildings reported that 761 construction workers were injured on the job. Furthermore, a 2019 report from The Architect’s Newspaper found that construction work was the deadliest job in New York City. These statistics demonstrate the serious risks that construction workers face every day.
When construction accidents occur, some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Illness from chemical exposure
- Internal injuries
These injuries can lead to a variety of complications and impairments that require long-term medical treatment and may prevent you from returning to work.
In many cases, workers are eligible to claim workers’ compensation benefits from their employer’s WC insurance policy. These policies exist to help workers get necessary medical treatment and a portion of their wages as they recover.
If the accident was caused by a negligent third party, like a contractor or a commercial, the injured worker could also seek compensation through a third-party injury claim. Such compensation could include a money award for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation services
- Lost wages
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Lost Union Benefits
This money will allow you to support yourself and your loved ones, even if you cannot return to work after your accident.
No matter the type or extent of the injuries you have suffered during a construction accident, you need compensation to protect your financial interests. You need to work with a skilled construction accident attorney to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
The New York construction accident attorneys at Oresky & Associates PLLC have spent over 25 years fighting for the rights of injured workers in our community.
You cannot afford to wait, so take action and hire an experienced lawyer right away. Contact Oresky & Associates PLLC right now to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options.