According to national statistics falling objects at construction sites injured almost 16,000 workers around the country in 2014. Nearly 100 more were killed after being struck by objects, debris, tools, and building materials.
OSHA continues to list being struck by a falling object as one of its “Fatal Four” (the four most common types of deadly construction accidents). Almost 10% of all fatal construction site accidents (and a significantly higher percentage of accidents where victims are injured) involve individuals being struck by objects dropped from above.
You would think that a common type of accident would draw the attention of those in charge and the number of accidents would start to go down. Unfortunately, the number of people who are killed or seriously hurt by falling objects in New York City hasn’t declined appreciably in more than five years.
Tragic examples like the death of 34-year-old Prsemyskaw Krawczyk (killed late last year) when a chunck of metal broke loose from a scaffolding and came crashing down on him or the case of the Manhattan construction worker who was crushed under a falling steel beam in September highlight this very real danger construction workers and unsuspecting pedestrians below live with every day.
In too many instances, it is learned that these accidents occur at jobsites with histories of serious safety violations. Indeed, in one of the cases mentioned above, the construction zone had multiple code violations on record at the time of the fatality.
Proving negligence on a construction job site can be difficult. That’s why you need an experienced falling object accident attorney in New York City on your side from day one. Not only will a competent attorney know how to prove your case, the attorney will know how to invoke the New York Labor Law which holds a property owner and general contractor for the job site absolutely responsible for the cause of the accident.
If you’ve been injured on a construction site, contact the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for your free consultation today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.