A new analysis of data concerning construction accidents in New York City shows that small job sites are the most dangerous. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) gathered the latest available information from the period between 2010 and 2014 and correlated the number of construction accidents in New York with various other factors to understand how, why, and where these devastating catastrophes are happening. This effort was, in part, a response to the dramatic increase in construction accident in New York City in recent years-up 53 percent just last year by some accounts.
Their analysis shows that 80 percent of all construction accidents in New York City occur at job sites where the buildings are ten stories or smaller. These smaller sites are also where over half of the fatal construction accidents in New York occur.
Indeed, the problems at these smaller job sites may be a side effect of their size. The researchers concluded that these small sites are often overseen by smaller construction companies who hire inexperienced workers. In addition, there are rarely dedicated safety personnel at these smaller sites-a factor that can create dangerous working conditions. This hazardous combination leads to job sites where safety precautions are not only unknown and overlooked but may be purposefully ignored.
Even minor construction accidents can lead to lifelong complications and individuals in the industry are often the bread-winners for their families, providing the majority of the household income. In addition to the traumatic physical and emotional effects, a construction accident in New York can leave families in dire financial straits.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in New York cause by the negligence of general contractor, property owner or another subcontractor, you have the right to recoup financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Contact an expert New York City construction accident attorney to learn what options are available to you. Speak to the experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel. for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.