In today's fast-paced world, it's hard to imagine life without cell phones. We rely on them for communication, directions, entertainment, and so much more. That's why it's important to have a reliable wireless network, and that's where cell tower workers come in. They bravely scale tall towers to make sure our calls go through, regardless of the weather conditions.
Although they perform a valuable service, cell tower workers are at risk of serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured while working on a cell tower in New York, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP can help you navigate the legal system and greatly improve your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation.
Most cell phone tower accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the employer or contractor. This can take many forms including:
- Providing defective or inadequate safety equipment
- Inadequate safety training
- Asking workers to operate in unsafe weather conditions
- Pushing workers to “cut corners” for the sake of time
- Pushing workers to rush a job to meet a deadline
- Failure to check whether a safety device is adequate
- Lack of supervision or inadequate supervision
- Exposing workers to dangerous electrical currents
- Use of shoddy equipment
- Unqualified contractors, subcontractors, and employees
- Failure to respond to a known safety hazard
Given the sheer size of cell phone organizations, it is not surprising that cell tower workers often find themselves in dangerous situations. Sadly, this was the case for Michael Vasquez, who lost his life after falling from a cell tower on December 4, 2021. Vasquez’s death was a tragic accident, and it highlights the need for better safety standards in the cell tower industry. Going forward, employers must do more to protect their workers, and government agencies must provide stronger oversight to ensure that cell tower workers are not put at risk. Only by taking these steps can we prevent another tragedy like the one that claimed Michael Vasquez's life.
Most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance as it is a federal program. Workers' compensation protects an employee that has been injured while on the job. This insurance was designed to be “no-fault” insurance. This means that the worker does not need to prove fault to receive benefits for their injury. Generally, it covers:
- Medical treatment relating to the injury, including therapies and rehabilitation
- A portion of your wages lost while you took time off work during recovery
- Job retraining if you can't go back to your pre-accident job
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Survivor benefits for family members/dependents of a worker who died as a result of their job
Cell tower accidents are on the rise, and workers are being injured or killed in preventable accidents. The cell phone industry has been slow to respond to this problem, and workers are being left to fend for themselves. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we believe that workers should not have to sacrifice their safety for their job. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of workers and their families. If you or someone you love has been injured in a cell tower accident, we can help. We understand the physical and emotional toll that these accidents can take, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353 to learn more about how our NY cell tower accident attorneys can help.
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