Many people in the New City area work in the construction industry. Construction jobs tend to pay well and don't usually require higher-level degrees. Construction workers usually have families that they provide for and, although construction jobs can be dangerous, there are often safety measures that can be put in place to reduce the risks.
Statistics are showing that construction accidents are on the rise in New York City and across the state of New York. Three workers have been killed recently. Work site deaths are up 33% compared to five years ago, while work site injuries are up 221%. Those who analyze workplace safety believe that many contractors are cutting corners and are hiring cheaper labor. There is also a building boom going on in the city, which is putting the pressure on contractors and is coming at a cost of worker safety. It is estimated that over a quarter of building sites in New York City are not in compliance. By 2020 construction workers will be required to have 40 hours of safety training, while right now they are only required to have 10 hours. If workers are found to not have the proper safety training the contractor, property owner and worker's employer will be fined $5,000 each.
No one expects their loved one will be seriously injured or killed in a construction accident. Unfortunately, these accidents affect hundreds of New York residents each year. If a family has been affected by a construction accident, they may want to get more information about legal options related to workplace construction accidents. By doing so they can investigate the cause of the accident and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other damages.
A construction accident can be devastating both financially and emotionally for a family. There are many responsible parties that may be held accountable for a construction worker's death and it is important that all avenues are investigated.