Construction sites are by far one of the most dangerous places for workers. There are numerous injuries that occur each day on construction sites throughout the country – and there are numerous instances of deaths each year due to construction site accidents. Construction sites themselves have risks for injury, as equipment, as well as materials, can lead to hazardous situations. Furthermore, construction companies are under a great deal of pressure to meet demands of the city as well as the public – forcing them to work longer hours, forgo basic safety protocols, and even hire unskilled workers to do their job.
What Are the Risks at a Construction Site?
While construction workers are trained to stay safe and be cautious while working, there are hazards that can be out of a worker’s control. These risks can also increase because it only takes a few minutes of carelessness to lead to a serious injury. Some common risks on a construction site include:
- Falling from dangerous heights
- Crane accidents
- Operating equipment running over a worker
- Electric shock
- Hazardous chemicals and burns
- Trench collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Loose debris
- Lifting equipment failure
- Welding accidents
- Falling objects
These accidents can occur to not only construction workers, but pedestrians walking next to a construction site, as well as non-construction workers on the site – such as visiting city employees.
When an accident does occur, the company or the worker, contractors, subcontractors, and even third parties are liable for the injuries and damages that occur. There are instances where a manufacturer of the equipment may also be held accountable for the injuries. If your injuries are serious, you may need ample recovery time and funding to do that recovery. If you have been injured on the job, you should contact a New York workers’ compensation attorney who specializes in construction site accidents immediately. Construction site accidents are often complex and require someone who has experience with these specific types of injuries – since regular workers’ compensation may not be adequate enough to fully compensate you for your injuries.
Helpful Actions to Take After a Construction Site Injury
If you have been injured on a construction site, there are things that you can do to help prove your case later (if you choose to file). These include:
- Taking pictures of the site where you were injured, or having someone else take the pictures for you.
- Writing down everything that happened as soon as you can.
- Writing down any names of witnesses and their contact information.
- Keeping a record of your pain and suffering, including treatments you have endured to recover from your injuries.
- Contacting a personal injury attorney to explore your options and discuss your case.
If you have been injured on the job or as a pedestrian passing by a construction site, contact the attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. today to explore your options. We will assess your case and help you find the best way to seek compensation for your injuries as well as your pain and suffering. Schedule a free consultation now at 877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.