New York Carpenter Accident Lawyers
Construction Accident Attorneys in NYC Representing the Rights of Injured Carpenters
New York City’s construction boom would not last without the skilled craftsmanship of our carpenters. However, working as a carpenter is a dangerous and exhausting job. Many people are injured each year in carpenter accidents, and they suffer serious injuries. Our firm is here to help you get compensation after a devastating injury.
Depending on the circumstances, you might qualify for workers' compensation, or you might be able to bring a lawsuit. Contact a New York City construction accident lawyer for assistance.
Hazards Carpenters Face
Carpenters face many of the same hazards as other workers on a job site, including:
- Electrocutions. Carpenters work around electrical wiring, and sometimes electricity is not turned off while the carpenter is on the job. As a result, electrical injuries are common for carpenters.
- Falls. A carpenter might work on a ladder or scaffolding, which can fail or collapse, potentially causing serious injuries.
- Slip, trip, and falls. Tools left on the ground and power cords crisscrossing the job site are hazards that carpenters face every day. It is very easy to trip or slip and then suffer an injury when falling.
- Crush accidents. Machinery used on the job site can strike a construction worker and injure him. Proper safeguards should be used to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Other accidents are unique to carpenters, such as sawdust, which can get into a carpenter’s eyes or which a carpenter can inhale. Other hazards include power tools like saws, lathes, and nail guns, which might cause injury when they malfunction.
The nature of the accident often influences the type of injuries we see. Some carpenters suffer from:
- Hand injuries
- Eye injuries
- Cuts or lacerations
- Joint injuries
- Herniated discs
- Concussion or other traumatic brain injury
Carpenters should remember to report the accident as soon as possible to their employer. This is a vital first step which will determine whether a carpenter qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits and how long it takes to receive those benefits.
Protecting Yourself from Carpenter Accidents
Jobsite safety should be a priority. Construction is one of the most dangerous professions in New York, and extensive state and federal laws exist to protect a carpenter's safety. Some basic safety steps include:
- Wearing safety goggles always. You never know when a piece of something will dislodge and go into your eye.
- Wear a hard hat. This can offer protection if something lands on your head.
- Learn how to lift heavy materials using your knees. Don’t simply bend over.
- Get help if the material you are lifting is too heavy.
If you have questions about safety, speak to your supervisor or to the contractor.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Construction Accident Attorney
Carpenters do excellent work, and they should receive compensation when injured on the job. At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, our team has represented many carpenters in workers’ compensation proceedings and in lawsuits. If you would like to learn more, contact us today by calling 212-285-3300.