Overexertion a Factor in Nearly a Third of Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, overexertion is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries in the United States. Together, injuries resulting from overexertion factor into 31% of all workplace injuries, accounting for more than 280,000 injuries per year. What is tragic is that most overexertion injuries are preventable, given the right training, equipment, and oversight.… Read the rest

The Seven Most Deadly Industries to Work In

While most industries carry at least some risk of being killed on the job, some industries are definitely more deadly than others. Workers in those industries face a disproportionately high risk of severe injury or death, sometimes due to the inherent risks involved, but also due to failures to enact proper safety protocols. For workers in these seven deadly industries, there is a constant risk of a fatal injury:… Read the rest

Five Reasons Why Construction is the Most Dangerous Industry

There is no industry that is more dangerous to its own workers than construction. No other single profession has more on-the-job injuries or deaths than construction workers, with more than 150,000 construction injuries across the United States last year. Here are just five of the most common reasons why construction is the most dangerous industry:… Read the rest

Five Common Safety Violations That Cause Construction Accidents

Construction sites are often among the most dangerous places to work, with construction accidents accounting for more than twenty percent of all work-related fatalities across the United States, including in New York. While contractors and work site owners are supposed to take steps to prevent harm to workers on the site, all too often they will cut corners to save time or money, and when they do, it is often workers who must pay the price. Here are five common safety violations found on construction sites that result in injury or death:… Read the rest

Construction Worker’s Case Allowed to Proceed Even After Notice of Claim Was Filed a Day Late

construction accident lawyer New York CityA Notice of Claim is a legal document that the State of New York requires to be prepared and served prior to bringing a lawsuit for damages against a municipal or government entity. The purpose is to provide advanced notice to such agencies that they may be sued for such damages and afford them time to investigate the circumstances and merits of potential claims while the information is still readily available. In New York, the notice of claim must be filed within 90 days from the event giving rise to the cause of action.… Read the rest

OSHA Entitles Construction Site Employees to Certain Rights

construction injury lawyer NYCThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for developing safety measures as well as establishing regulations to protect construction site workers from injuries.  In the event that an incident occurs, OSHA will investigate.  Like all workers, construction site workers must be provided with a safe working environment that is free of health and safety hazards. … Read the rest

Scaffold Accidents Are on the Rise

scaffold accident lawyer NYCAs New York City continues to build, the number of streets seemingly overwhelmed with scaffolding continues to increase. A significant concern among New Yorkers is the danger these structures pose to the public as pedestrians walk beneath them on a daily basis. Recently, there has been an increase in scaffold-related accidents leaving victims with serious injuries.… Read the rest

What You Need To Know About Crane Accidents

New York construction accident lawyerCrane accidents rarely occur, however, when they do occur, the accidents pose a threat not only to people but also to property. Cranes are often massive and can fall from great heights when these incidents occur, resulting in death or serious injury to construction workers, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders on the street. In addition to the loss of life and injuries, these situations result in an immense amount of property damage, which is why it is important to hold those responsible for what happened.… Read the rest

Protect Yourself From A Construction Accident

New York City construction accident lawyerHave you ever witnessed a co-worker get injured on a construction site? Here are some ways to help prevent a future incident so that you do not find yourself a victim of a construction accident.… Read the rest

General Contractor Subject to Pay Fine in Avoidable Death of Worker

In April 2015, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo was killed when a 14-foot deep, unshored trench collapsed. Mr. Moncayo was an undocumented laborer from Ecuador who worked for Sky Materials, which is an excavation subcontractor based in Calverton, Long Island, New York. Alfonso Prestia, the site supervisor plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to serve community service. The foreman of Sky Materials was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to a year in jail. The company Sky Materials, has yet to be tried.

The general contractor in this incident was Harco Construction LLC. Harco was convicted of … Read the rest