Construction in New York City is a tireless industry, operating year-round to construct new buildings, maintain or restore old ones and compete the myriad of other projects across the city. Construction is also one of the most dangerous industries for workers, posing constant risks that could cause serious or fatal injuries.
New York City is unfortunately no stranger to serious construction accidents. City data shows that deaths on work sites have increased by 33% compared to those from just five years ago. For this same time period, injuries increased by 221%.
Common risks for construction workers
The 2019 Liberty Mutual Index recently released the top causes of serious workplace injuries, as well as the most common risks based on industries. Five common causes of serious or fatal injuries for construction workers include:
- Falls to a lower level. Construction workers regularly work on dangerous elevated surfaces, including scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and more.
- Being struck by an object. Heavy equipment, machinery and other objects come into frequent contact with workers on construction sites.
- Overexertion. Working consistently long hours, working in extreme heat or exhibiting excessive physical effort can all lead to overexertion.
- Slips, trips and falls. A slip or trip and slip-and-fall accident can occur in environments filled with uneven surfaces, scattered materials and more.
Whether due to a lack of safety training, defective equipment, pressure to meet deadlines or more, accidents can occur that put the lives of employees, contractors and more at risk. The accidents listed above and more can lead to injuries including broken bones, head or brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or paralysis and more.
Seeking compensation for your injuries
After an injury on a construction site, many workers seek workers’ compensation through their employer to provide financial relief while they recover. However, if your injury occurred at work but due to the actions of a third party, you may be able to additionally seek a third-party personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim can help you pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. A third party could include a general contractor, manufacturer, driver, property owner or more. Whether you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one on a construction site, talk with an attorney to determine your options to pursue the compensation you deserve.