Let's continue our discussion of construction-related accidents and injuries this week with a point of particular interest to our Utica readers. Falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders are all too common, especially given just how much of their time construction workers spend up off the ground while performing their work.
The past couple of weeks, our blog has focused on construction workers' accidents and how, by filing a lawsuit, third parties may be held liable for damages suffered in those accidents. As readers of this blog know, far too many risks are posed in the workplace, and oftentimes workers find themselves hurt on the job. Typically, the first step is to file a workers' compensation claim. Since, as mentioned in previous posts, this is a no-fault system, you do not have to prove that your employer's negligence caused your harm.
Let's pick right up where we left off last week with a look at the different parties on a construction site who might bear third-party liability when workers are injured in a construction accident. These kinds of details could mean that a construction worker has a chance to obtain compensation through a personal injury claim, even above and beyond any workers' compensation benefits to which he or she is entitled.
In the wake of a story about a New York construction worker who died in a recent collapse, we'll be taking a look at third party liability for injuries on construction sites. Before we do, however, we need to emphasize two points.
Let's shift gears this week and take a look at a scenario that Utica residents would likely expect to be among the more dangerous occupations. Construction work is somewhat infamous for stories of falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders -- visually arresting images that make headlines and garner widespread attention.
Not all construction work is done hundreds of feed above ground, just as much work is done underground. There are men and women who spend their working days underground moving earth, repairing pipes, building subway systems and many other modern construction feats. While the location may be different the risk of danger is the same.
Construction is now and has been for centuries one of the most important industries of man. Like nearly every other living creature on the planet, man has a desire to build dwellings in which they feel safe and secure. Unlike most other creatures, man creates structure for dining, entertainment and pure aesthetics; even the Statute of Liberty was little more than a construction project at one point in time. The skill of construction has evolved from ancient times where workers were sometimes buried in the very walls they helped build to today's model, where every construction injury, no matter how minor, is accounted for and compensation is paid accordingly.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, as many New York construction workers can attest. Erecting a building involves multiple elements, including electricity, heights, power tools, machinery and heavy equipment. Add unskilled workers with minimal training and protection, and the results can be disastrous - even fatal. Those who do survive a construction accident must often deal with physical limitations and disabilities. While your injuries heal, you may wonder if hiring a lawyer is a good idea.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but just like any other time of the year, accidents could happen. Tragedy struck a New York construction worker the days after Thanksgiving at a car dealership on Staten Island was recently the site of a fatal construction accident.
Many New Yorkers have suffered from falls, and while they may seem funny to some -- as witnessed on YouTube and blooper reels -- some result in serious injuries or even death. Many occur in the construction industry, and workers and employers know that falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders are no laughing matter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 600 workers were killed in 2009 due to falls. An additional 212,760 were seriously injured. While falls impact a person physically, they impact employers financially.