Helping Workers Who Suffered Workplace Burns

A fire is a frightening experience that generally results in catastrophic injuries. After suffering burns and smoke inhalation, you likely have many questions about your future health and financial stability.

For more than three decades, Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has helped New York City residents and workers maximize the money and benefits for their personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our lawyers are experts at what they do and will find whoever violated in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, NYC fire codes and FDNY rules. We consult with fire investigators, engineers, burn doctors and other experts and specialists to get you the answers regarding what happened, who is at fault and how we can help make this most difficult situation easier. .

We then aggressively pursue money and benefits from the negligent people and corporations responsible for such devastating injuries as:

  • Third-degree burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Exposure to toxic fumes
  • Falls while trying to escape fire
  • Blast injuries caused by explosion

Causes of Fire at Construction Sites

According to OSHA, fires and explosions account for about 3 percent of all work-related deaths. The numbers of workplace fires shot up by 21 percent to 148 casualties in 2013 from 122 fatalities in 2012. Construction workers are particularly vulnerable to fires and explosions caused by hazardous conditions, including:

  • Exposed and defective electrical wires
  • Arc flashes
  • Leaking gas pipe
  • Boilers and containers under pressure
  • Welding, sanding and other heat-producing activities
  • Volatile gases, vapors and liquid chemicals
  • Flammable materials
  • Incomplete firewall to stop spread of flames
  • Unventilated room that causes buildup of dust particles

Preventing Worksite Fires and Explosions

Despite the high number of factors that can contribute to fires and explosion at a construction site, these accidents should never happen. If a fire or explosion does occur, workers should be protected against injuries.

If you were injured at your construction site in a fire or an explosion, our New York City construction fire lawyers investigate what went wrong. In almost every case, we find liability on the part of the contractors and owners and their agents for creating dangerous workplace conditions, such as:

  • Storing flammable materials improperly
  • Conducting heat-producing activities near flammable materials or volatile chemicals
  • Failing to depower electrical lines that could spark fire or explosion
  • Allowing buildup of explosive dust particles through poor ventilation and cleaning
  • Not supplying fire-retardant clothing to workers
  • Waiting to install fire insulation to contain areas where fire may occur
  • Failing to supply adequate escape routes and policies in case of fire

Fire Dangers to the New York Public

New York City residents are at constant risk of fire related to demolition, construction and construction errors. Buildings are so tightly packed in New York City that the exterior walls of one building generally borders the exterior walls of adjacent buildings.

During demolition and construction phases, contractors and building owners are required to install barriers to prevent damage to adjacent buildings should a fire occur. Once the building is complete, contractors and owners and their agents may still be held liable for fires caused by improper wiring of electrical lines, faulty gas pipes and other issues arising from poor construction.

Recover Money and Benefits for Injuries You Sustained in a Construction Site Fire

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 for your free construction fire claims consultation. Our offices are located in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. We take all cases on a contingency fee plan, so you do not pay us unless we recover money for you.