Dangers Construction Workers Face When Working on Tall Buildings
According to Politico New York, construction injuries in New York City have increased 34 percent from the 2014 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) to the last fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2015. This increased the number of injuries to 283, and the amount of fatalities to 11. In 2014, the total value of construction projects was $26.2 billion. By June of 2015, the estimated value has already reached $22.2 billion. With the number of construction projects in New York City increasing, it is no surprise that resulting injuries are on the rise as well.
Recently, four construction workers were injured when a cable broke in a six-story apartment building. The workers were located at the top of the Inwood building because they were repointing windows. After the cable and scaffolding gave way, the workers were left hanging from their harnesses. Within minutes, the Fire Department of New York was dispatched and was able to pull the workers to safety. Two of the men were seriously injured, and the other two sustained minor injuries.
The majority of serious or fatal accidents in New York City have occurred when workers have fallen from significant heights. Collapsed cranes and other large equipment failures, causing debris and other supplies to collapse onto workers and pedestrians, also pose a grave risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a construction accident, contact the experienced attorneys of Levine & Slavit, PLLC to receive the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact (888) LAW-8088 for a consultation today.