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Serious construction accidents far too common in New York

If you or someone you love works in construction, it can be a daily source of anxiety. In the last few years, New York has seen a staggering number of construction site accidents, some of which have been fatal. Workers lacking training and proper safety equipment may be at increased risk.

While the city and state of New York have taken steps to protect construction workers, more effort is needed. Currently, most safety regulations target buildings that are ten stories or taller. However, a significant number of serious accidents take place at building work sites that are under ten stories tall.

The New York City Council may soon implement new laws that will increase the training and safety requirements for construction workers. This will help protect construction workers who are at serious risk of injury, including those who are new to the profession.

Construction workers who have just started their career may not understand safety precautions or the risks involved in certain parts of the job. Better training and more universal safety equipment requirements could prevent future injuries.

Falls, falling objects and machinery all pose potential risks

Falls are the most common way that construction workers suffer injuries. In many cases, these falls happen in shorter buildings. While most safety regulations target buildings that are ten stories or taller, a fall from even a second story height could prove fatal or cause debilitating injuries. Although the city is taking steps to reduce the dangers that construction workers face, employers should also be proactive about worker safety.

Employers that only do the legal minimum or fail to do even that may be failing their employees. The courts may find them legally liable for any injuries on their work sites.

Construction workers are critical to the safety and development of our country. These workers perform exhausting physical labor so that we can all enjoy safe and stable structures in our communities. Construction workers deserve safe working conditions. Those who are injured while at work deserve medical care as well as any other benefits that will protect their financial and social future. Working with an attorney after an injury is the best way to ensure your rights are protected.

An attorney can help you after a construction injury

If you or a loved one suffered injuries as the result of a construction accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury and workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. This legal advocate will help with the process of filing a workers' compensation claim, review a settlement and advocate for better terms on your behalf. If necessary, he or she can file a civil lawsuit for you as well.

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