Carpentry is one of the most important jobs in the world - for centuries, it has been the backbone of society, instrumental in making homes for billions of people. And yet, working as a carpenter is extremely dangerous and physically demanding. It can result in long-term injuries and chronic pain and suffering. When a sudden accident occurs, severe injuries can put a carpenter out of work, losing income or needing to go on disability. New York’s workers' compensation benefits are in place to help carpenters keep their life on track and get the help they need for a full recovery.
Sometimes, carpentry accidents can be fatal, which is why it is so important to hold employers accountable for accidents that injure workers. If you or someone you know has been injured while on the job, you have options available to you. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to tell us what happened. We will explore what you should do next.
Construction is already one of the deadliest industries in America, right up there with logging. Construction workers face danger every day in many different forms, but certain hazards are more common than others. These include:
- Slips, trips, and falls: Carpenters often face a lot of tripping hazards, including materials and tools left on the ground, as well as uneven ground or unsecured flooring.
- Falls from height: Carpenters commonly work on ladders, scaffolds, and other elevated platforms. Falls can be catastrophic from a great enough height, and lead to disabling injuries.
- Crush accidents: Heavy machinery used on construction sites present crushing threats and the risk of amputation to carpenters and other workers. Everyone on a site should be notified when these tools are in use, and safeguards should be placed around them.
- Electrical shocks: Carpenters are frequently at risk for electrical shocks. Carpenters should always be warned when currents are live while they are on the job, and all power tools should be properly maintained and checked before they are used.
Although carpenters are subject to the same risks as other construction workers, certain things are particularly dangerous for them. These include:
- Power tools: Nail guns, circular saws, and lathes are all commonly used by carpenters in construction or in making commercial items. These tools can be dangerous, and training is required before working with them.
- Sawdust: While small particulates of sawdust can cause eye irritation, larger pieces of wood can cause blindness. Employers should provide eye protection or facemasks for carpenters.
- Building materials: Many carpenter injuries stem from large sheets of drywall or lumber. Massive wooden boards and supports are heavy, and when one lands on a finger or toe, the results can be painful, and may require amputation.
A carpenter’s injuries depend on the nature of the accident that caused them, but often include:
- Deep lacerations
- Splinters and resulting infection
- Broken bones
- Hand injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Knee injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Carpentry injuries can be life-altering, and workers deserve compensation for their pain and suffering. If you or a loved one is a carpenter who has been injured while on the job, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, today at (212) 986-7353. Our NYC carpenter injury attorneys will review the circumstances of your accident and assist you in filing for workers’ compensation.
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