Money and Benefits for Construction Site Accidents
Every construction site should be well supervised. Good supervisors keep the project on track, on budget and maintain a safe worksite. All contractors and owners and their agents have a duty to properly supervise and protect both the workers and the general public from construction-related safety hazards.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has more than 30 years of experience in construction injuries that result from negligent supervision. We are considered experts in personal injury and wrongful death claims. We assist clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City and our surrounding NY communities with personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims.
Our New York City construction injuries lawyers investigate your claim and hold all contractors and owners and their agents accountable for negligently supervising and failing to keep you safe while on the job. We know this is a tough time for you and your family. We do all we can to ease the stress and improve your quality of life as much as possible.
Supervisory Duties to Workers
The supervisory duties of all contractors and owners and their agents, as well as your employer go far beyond making sure you arrive on time, filling out your timesheets correctly and ensuring you perform your job efficiently. They have a duty to ensure you remain safe while at the worksite and to respond to situations that put you at risk. For example, all contractors and owners and their agents are negligent if he or she does not:
- Hire qualified workers to perform the various construction site jobs
- Train workers to use job-specific equipment
- Instruct workers about performing their tasks correctly and safely
- Provide workers with safety equipment, such as fall arrests systems or eye protection
- Regularly inspect the worksite, equipment and tools for hazardous conditions
- Immediately correct unsafe conditions or stop work if the problem cannot be resolved
- Obtain emergency medical care for injured workers
- Communicate effectively with you and the other workers
Common Construction Supervisory Errors
A supervisor’s job depends upon successfully meeting the demands of contractors and owners. Just as you must answer to your supervisor for falling behind schedule, using more materials than projected or errors that costs time and money, so must the supervisor answer to the contractors, the owners or a supervisor higher up the chain of command. For this reason, the contractor and owners and their agents might attempt to cut costs or speed up the project to meet an unrealistic deadline and, in doing so, create such hazards as:
- Falls from height because of insufficient fall prevention measures and fall arrest system equipment
- Scaffold failure, including falls from height or having an object fall on the head of a worker from above
- Trench collapse of a hole that is not adequately shored or built at too steep an angle
- Toxin exposure to hazardous construction materials linked to cancer, lung disease, skin rash, nerve damage and brain damage.
- Explosion caused by poor ventilation, leaking gases, accumulation of dust particles or improperly stored volatile chemicals
- Electrocution when overhead wires are not depowered or underground wires are not properly marked
- Elevator accidents, such as falling down an elevator shaft or getting caught in between a car and shaft
All contractors and owners and their agents should take every reasonable precaution to prevent accidents from occurring. If you are injured on the job, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
Recover Money and Benefits if Contractors and Owners and their Agent’s Negligence Resulted in Your Injury
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to discuss your construction accident injuries at your free case consultation. Our offices are located in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we recover money for you.