Another summer in New York City has ended, but not before the even more construction deaths occurred the city. As with so many fatal construction accidents, these involved workers who suffered fatal injuries in a fall or as a result of falling objects. Falls and falling objects consistently are the most frequent forms of fatal construction accidents, yet a lack of proper protection continues to remain a major problem in the construction industry.
In New York, the law requires construction site owners and general contractors to provide all workers with the protection they need to safeguard against “elevation-related” risks of harm. When that doesn’t happen and a worker gets hurt, that worker can obtain an award of compensation for the harm he/she suffered. To learn more about the legal options available to you related to your construction accident, reach out to an experienced New York City construction accident attorney.
In the more recent incident, PIX11 reported that 59-year-old J.P. was standing inside the bucket of a cherry picker repairing a traffic light in Queens. At around 2:45 a.m. a tall box truck passed through the intersection where the traffic signal was located and slammed into the cherry picker’s bucket, causing the worker to fall roughly 20 feet to the ground.