To start, ask yourself: What do NYC utility workers do? Or, to save yourself some time, consider the following: What don’t NYC utility workers do? Answer: Very little.
NYC utility workers perform more jobs on a daily basis than can be counted on two hands. Briefly put: They are responsible for maintaining facility upkeeps, repairing broken equipment, inspecting construction projects, and ensuring compliance with all health and safety regulations.
Unfortunately, due to the job’s hazardous nature, utility workers account for 25% of all fatal occupational injuries in NYC. Every year.
This is why if you or a loved one is employed as a utility worker or has been injured in a utility-related accident on a NYC construction site, knowing your rights is incredibly important. They exist for your protection, to keep you and your family from losing the money and benefits you are entitled to. In short, the law is on your side — but you must take action before it’s too late.
Please, do not gamble with your future. If you are in this line of work — whether through supervising waste management, running electricity, overseeing water supplies, or other utility related trade — be proactive and prepare yourself.
You can do this by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers and speaking with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. Call 1-800-966-4999.
It won’t cost you a thing and may save you tomorrow.
For more on utility worker accidents, NYC construction workers’ rights, and practical steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, please continue reading.
COMMON CAUSES OF UTILITY WORKER ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES
Accidents can occur anywhere, anytime. This is especially true if you or someone you love is involved with utility work in NYC, where common causes include but are not limited to:
Worker falls — Whether due to a trip, slip, drop, tip or other reason, these accidents commonly involve utility workers falling from any height and can be fatal.
Electric or mechanical issues — Bad wiring, faulty machinery, power outages, and larger infrastructural issues can all lead to disastrous and potentially fatal outcomes for NYC utility workers.
Operational negligence — If a worksite or its equipment is poorly operated or maintained, the results can be tragic. Sadly, improper maintenance practices contribute to hundreds of workplace injuries every year.
Inadequate warning signs — Every worksite in NYC that is under construction, out-of-order, or just isn’t up to code, is a danger — especially if it is not properly signaled by the required signs, posters, caution tape, and other alert methods.
Fires, explosions, and collapses — Chemicals and other flammable materials that utility workers regularly interact with on the job can create deadly situations, as can poorly supported physical structures such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings.
If for any reason you have been injured in a utility-related accident on a NYC construction site, please know: You are protected by the law!
As stated in Labor Law § 240(1): “A person employing or directing another to perform labor of any kind… on a building or structure shall furnish… devices which shall be so constructed, placed, and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed or directed.”
Any violation of Labor Law § 240(1) that leads to an injury will result in the owner and contractor being absolutely liable for injuries and damages caused. Absolute liability means that the plaintiff (the injured employee) does not have to prove negligence on the part of the defendant (the owner or contractor). In short: What matters is that an injury occurred when it shouldn’t have, and so, even if the injured worker may have been partially at fault, the responsible party (i.e. the owner of the building and contractor) should still be held 100% liable.
ACCIDENT-RELATED INJURIES AND LOSSES
With any utility accident, the physical pain and suffering an injured worker may experience can be extensive. Physical injuries can include but are not limited to:
E.g. fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles
E.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging, concussion.
Internal organ damage
e.g. chemical, electrical, heat
Full or partial paralysis
E.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia
External cuts, internal bleeding
Symptoms of a Injury
Additionally, injuries that are not readily apparent at the time of the accident can include: tears, strains and sprains, herniated and bulging discs, and nerve damage that can worsen over time until surgery is required.
Beyond physical injuries, emotional suffering often occurs in the aftermath of utility-related accidents. Possible conditions include but are not limited to:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
Unfortunately for many injured workers, their losses do not stop with the physical and mental tolls associated with utility-related accidents. Economic losses can play a role, too. Examples include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension, annuity, and other retirement benefits
- Loss of health and social security benefits
Whether as a technician for a power company, as a laborer underground in the NYC subways, or something else in the vast field of utilities, these accidents are a serious matter that require serious attention.
If injured on the job, the last thing you need is bills piling up. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your financial future right away by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers today.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A UTILITY ACCIDENT ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE
At the outset of any utility accident, receiving proper medical care is a must for your physical and mental recovery. As such, first and foremost: get help. If you can, seek medical attention at the emergency room, urgent care or see your doctor right away. Regardless of whether you believe you need immediate assistance, when it comes to utility accidents and job-related injuries, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Next, one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family’s financial future is to secure expert legal representation. Please do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking to your lawyer. Why? Because anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you. Furthermore, it is imperative that you do not accept any form of settlement, monetary or otherwise.
No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your ally. Insurance companies exist to make profits for their shareholders. What is best for them is to pay for as little as possible. You can prevent this from happening by politely but firmly telling them you have retained a personal injury attorney and that you cannot speak to them.
To better understand your options as they relate to any utility injury or accident, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
WORKERS’ RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF A UTILITY-RELATED ACCIDENT ON A NYC CONSTRUCTION SITE
Did you know: Construction workers have special rights and protections provided to them by the law — especially in NYC!
Pursuant to New York’s labor laws, building owners and contractors are responsible for providing “safe working conditions and safe places to work,” (New York State Department of Labor: § 23-1.3). Furthermore, construction workers in New York and NYC must be provided with sufficient safety devices to perform their jobs, including, but not limited to, work materials and a controlled working environment. Failure to comply on any level, and the responsible party is liable for the construction worker’s sustained losses and harms.
So, what does this mean? In essence, if you are injured in a utility-related accident in New York, if the accident is in any way due to the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment, they are at fault and you may be legally entitled to compensation.
Finding the attorney that’s right for YOU
However unique your case, you will want someone who is experienced in NYC construction law, has a proven track record of getting results, and who will fight for you every step of the way. In short: You want the best personal injury representation available.
For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of clients get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record. Moreover, we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible, as quickly as possible. Why? Because if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.
So, if you work in construction or someone you love has been injured in a utility-related accident, take action and call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
To learn more about your rights and how to protect them, please visit our website or call 1-800-966-4999 today.