New York Logging Accident Lawyers
Construction work is dangerous work, but when the construction work involves logging, it amps the danger factor up a notch or two. Logging, by necessity, involves heavy machinery, and when you add the momentum of rolling logs into the mix, it helps to ensure that any ensuing accidents will be exceptionally dangerous. If you or someone you love has been injured in a logging accident, the sooner you consult with an experienced NYC workers’ compensation attorney, the better.
The Logging Site
Logging sites tend to be busy sites with a lot of different work happening all at once, including:
- The various work performed by the construction crew (and any additional construction crews on the site)
- The transportation of the logs
- The felling of the trees
If you are injured in a logging accident that is caused by the negligence of a company or entity other than the one that employs you, you may be eligible to pursue a third-party personal injury claim, which means that you can seek compensation for your damages in their entirety (rather than the more-limited compensation allowed by your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage).
OSHA Weighs In
According to OSHA, logging is the most dangerous occupation in the nation. It's a fact that the tools of the trade are dangerous, and when coupled with the extraordinary weight and unyielding momentum of logs that are rolling, sliding, are falling, it is a recipe for disaster in the event that anything goes wrong. When you factor in the kinds of environmental conditions that are common to logging, the danger grows. Such factors include:
- Rough, uneven, and unstable grounds
- Bad weather, such as ice, rain, snow, high winds, lightning, and extreme temperatures
- Remote work sites that make obtaining emergency medical treatment more difficult
OSHA’s Safety Standards
OSHA requires a wide range of safety standards when it comes to logging, including:
- Prior to beginning a logging operation, checking for loose limbs, bark, and other dangers is essential.
- Before work is begun each day, every job site must be analyzed for safety.
- Work areas must be carefully assigned to help ensure that a tree from one area can’t fall into another occupied work area.
- Employers are required to provide their workers with all appropriate and necessary protective equipment, including protection for their eyes, face, head, hands, and legs.
- Employers are required to perform periodic safety inspections to help ensure the safety of their workers.
- Every employee working on the logging site should be trained in evaluating each work situation for safety concerns such as the accumulation of snow and ice, the lean of the trees present, the location of the trees in relation to one another, dead limbs, high winds, and more.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
The dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman – one of New York City’s oldest and most well-respected personal injury firms – have a wealth of experience helping clients like you successfully recover on their logging-accident claims. For more information, please contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.