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Noncompliance with safety rules cause many construction accidents

The New York City Department of Buildings is investigating an incident that caused severe injuries to a worker. The New York City Fire Department responded to a construction site on the Upper East Side at approximately 8 a.m. on a recent Monday. A spokesperson for the DOB confirmed the incident is under investigation. Although the DOB and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribe strict safety standards, construction accidents continue to occur with alarming frequency.

Carrying out hazard assessments is crucial, especially on renovation sites where unexpected dangers could lurk. The scene of this accident is a seven-story UES commercial structure that is being converted to a residential building. The FDNY reports that the injured worker fell through some planking and landed in the basement.

He was admitted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Thankfully, they were not life-threatening. According to the DOB, investigators will look at the construction company's compliance with safety standards, which might result in enforcement actions.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the injured worker has every right to file a workers' compensation benefits claim. The insurance program is a no-fault system covering medical expenses and lost wages of work accident victims, including those of construction accidents, even if their own negligence led to the injuries. Navigating the benefits claim process could be complicated, and many injured workers in New York choose to rely upon the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Such advocacy increases the chances of an injured worker achieving maximum relief under the law.

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