Dangerous Jobsites in New York

Construction jobsites are dangerous places with lots of activity and workers on the ground working in close proximity to dump trucks, bulldozers, cranes, and other heavy equipment. More than half of all construction worker deaths in jobsite accidents are caused by four common types of accidents: falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in between objects or equipment.

Dangerous Jobsites in New York City

The National Safety Council ranks construction work among the most dangerous occupations in the U.S.


In New York, there were 38 fatal construction accidents in 2013, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who work in the industry are well aware that construction work is dangerous. If a jobsite is not properly maintained to remove hazards or employers are poorly trained, the risk of serious injury is high.

At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we represent construction workers who have been injured on the job.

Our aggressive New York construction accident lawyers have extensive experience handling construction accidents cases and a thorough knowledge of New York labor law. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a dangerous jobsite, call us to arrange for a free case consultation. When you work with our law firm, you pay nothing up front and you owe us no fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

Types of Common Hazards on New York City Jobsites

shutterstock_115216477At a New York City construction site, crews are working amid the dust and noise of power tools and heavy equipment to meet deadlines.

Workers use makeshift ramps and platforms, and some may be working at great heights. It’s not hard to see how lapses in communication or safety may lead to a jobsite accident if a construction company does not train workers to follow safety protocols or fails to provide proper safety equipment.

Some of the hazards construction workers face include:


No safety rails on ledges and scaffolding:

Falls are the most common cause of construction fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), accounting for 33 percent of all deaths in the construction industry. Guardrails are an important safety measure to prevent falls.


Lack of fall protection gear:

Workers should be protected in case of a fall. OSHA recommends safety nets and personal fall arrest systems, in addition to safety rails. Falls protection systems are required for workers working above certain elevations off the ground.


Uncovered openings that create a fall risk:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warn that when adequate guarding and fall protection are not provided for work around roof and floor openings and skylights, serious injuries and fatal falls can result.


Potential for falling objects from above:

Workers beneath scaffolds and cranes, where overhead work is being done, are at risk of injury from falling objects, according to OSHA.


No safety guards on machinery or equipment to prevent hands and feet from getting trapped:

Almost all jobsites have machinery with rotating or moving parts. When it is not guarded or de-energized during maintenance and repairs, workers’ clothing or body parts can get caught in moving machinery, causing injuries including fractures, amputations, and death, as stated by OSHA.


Exposed wires and electrical hazards:

Electrocution is one of the most common construction hazards. An OSHA training presentation attributes these injuries to a number of factors, including exposed electrical parts, improper grounding, wet conditions, inadequate wiring, damaged insulation, tools, or equipment, and overhead power lines.


Nail gun injuries:

Nail guns cause tens of thousands of injuries each year, affecting two out five residential carpenter apprentices. OSHA has identified the two major risk factors associated with nail guns as: 1) the type of trigger system on the gun; and 2) the extent of training of the user.

Your Legal Options After Injury at an Unsafe NY Jobsite

You should have a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the construction industry review your jobsite accident.

At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have handled all types of construction accidents, including falls, vehicle accidents, scaffolding accidents, and other serious injuries.

Your legal options will depend on the circumstances of your accident. In most cases, construction workers injured on the job will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and families of workers killed in work-related accidents are likely to qualify for workers compensation death benefits.

info-iconIn New York, workers’ compensation rules prohibit employees injured in on-the-job accidents from suing their employers for their injuries in most instances.

Depending on the specific facts of the accidents, however, an injured employee may be entitled to seek compensation from another party other than the employer if they contributed to the accident. In third-party lawsuits, injured workers may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses.

New York’s Scaffold Law protects construction workers who are working on scaffolding whether they are painting, cleaning, repairing or demolishing a building. The law holds property owners and contractors legally liable for gravity related injuries caused by unsafe placement of scaffolding or objects dropped from scaffolding or ladders.

Injured workers may be entitled to seek damages in lawsuits against possible parties such as:

  • Contractors and vendors
  • Equipment manufacturers and distributors
  • Property owners

lawyer1-attorneysOur firm will review the facts of your jobsite accident and advise you of your legal options and what damages you may be entitled to claim. Our attorneys been awarded membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and listed among New York Super Lawyers®.

We are aggressive in protecting your rights and pursuing the compensation you are entitled to receive. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case with no obligation.