New York City has been on the rise recently – both literally and figuratively – as new construction projects underway throughout the city.
In fact, employment statistics in New York City’s construction industry are reminiscent of those at the peak of the housing boom.
However, while the construction industry seems to be booming once again, the inherently dangers in the industry seem to be on the rise as well.
The Dangers of New York City Construction Sites
Construction is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in America. However, it is particularly dangerous in larger cities such as New York City where higher-than-normal elevations, heavy machinery and many other conditions contribute to serious accidents.
Unfortunately, construction accidents in New York City have already taken the lives of 8 people this year; equivalent to the total number of construction-related deaths in the city for all of last year.
Additionally, the amount of total accidents (both fatal and non-fatal) in New York’s construction industry has been on the rise in recent years. In 2014 there were 231 construction-related accidents in New York City; a 24% increase from the year before.
This trend seems to confirm what appears to be a direct correlation between the amount of construction in the city and the level of dangers for workers.
New York City Construction: An Overview of The Current Industry
According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction employment in New York City averaged 127,000 private sector workers in 2014, making a 4.5% increase from the previous year.
The construction industry in New York City has been on a steady climb since the bottom of the housing market in 2008.
Many argue that the increase in danger stems not only from the fact that there is more construction activity, but from the fact that the increased demand for workers forces companies to hire non-qualified employees or do not provide proper training to new workers.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
The nature of the construction industry often exposes construction workers to very specific dangers that other types of workers do not face. These conditions frequently lead to certain types of accidents that can result in serious injury and often death.
Some of the most common accidents that occur on New York City construction sites involve falls from ladders, electrocution, heavy machinery and dangerous tools or equipment.
Representation For New York Construction Workers
Individuals who are injured in a construction accident are often entitled to compensation for their injuries. Whether you are a worker or a pedestrian, if you are injured due to a construction accident you may have the right to recover damages.
New York law states that workers injured in the course of work are entitled to workers’ compensation regardless of the cause of the accident. Additionally, workers and pedestrians involved in a construction accident are often able to recover damages in a personal injury or premises liability lawsuit .
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a construction accident you should contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. for a free consultation on your legal rights.
We have been representing injured construction workers in New York City for decades and have the experience required to win complex cases.
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