Construction sites are generally regarded as the most dangerous work environment in New York. Large machines, jagged pieces of metal and glass, high elevations, and loud noises all create a workplace in which accidents become far too common. Among those accidents that can result in some of the most serious injuries and long-term disabilities are those in which crushing occurs.
A crushing injury happens when a large object, typically moving at a fairly high rate of speed, comes into contact with a person. This type of injury usually does not result in lacerations or bleeding, but can be very serious. Broken bones, damage to internal organs, and brain damage can all occur quite easily from the impact of a crushing injury. Learning how these injuries most often occur, and understanding how to avoid them, can mean the difference between a long, healthy life and limited mobility or even death.
One of the most common causes of a crushing injury is when large machines have moving parts that come into contact with a person. This can include a swinging crane, a large piston, or any other part of a machine that moves with enough force to cause a crushing injury. Workers operating these machines must be very careful and alert at all times to ensure safe use. Others at a construction site who are near these machines should always be aware of how close they are to them, and what parts of the machine are in motion.
Falling objects also cause many crushing injuries in New York. Tools, materials, and collapsing structures can all fall from great heights at a construction site. While hardhats can help protect the head from some injuries, the shoulders, neck, and feet can still be exposed to damage from falling objects. Workers at a construction site should always be aware of when they are under scaffolds and other areas where people might be working above them, while those working above a site must always be careful not to knock objects down on those below.
Construction vehicles like forklifts and bobcats can also cause crushing injuries on a site. Even a low speed impact between one of these vehicles and a person can break bones or damage organs. Anyone operating a vehicle on a site should always be properly trained and careful when moving around. Others need to be attentive to when a vehicle is near them and remain aware of their surroundings on the site.
The severity of crushing injuries can range from broken bones to internal damage that requires limb amputation or results in paralysis. If you or someone you know has suffered a crushing injury on a construction site, call the New York crush injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353. We can help you understand your rights and discuss what forms of compensation you might deserve.