Compressed Gas Construction Accident Attorneys in New York

Compressed Gas Accidents At Work

danger high pressure gas sign Overcoming a serious injury can be both physically and emotionally draining. Doing so can be all the more difficult when you know that injury was avoidable and that if proper safety precautions had been taken, the accident could have been prevented. Those who have been working in the construction industry for several years are well aware of the danger associated with pressurized gas cylinders. Think of compressed gas as a potentially deadly weapon because that's just what it is. Cylinders containing compressed gas must be treated with special safety precautions. Some of the most serious violations cited by the Office of Compliance (OOC) result from improper handling of pressurized cylinders.

At the law firm of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we understand that nothing can undo the harm done once injuries are suffered. We are dedicated to making sure the voice of the injured and the voices of his or her family are heard. We are experienced construction accident lawyers dedicated to helping victims receive compensation for medical care, prescription medications, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please call (212) 986-7353 for a free initial consultation.

New York OSHA-Approved Job Safety and Health Program

Section 18 of the Occupational and Health Act of 1970, encourages states to develop their own health and job safety programs. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration must approve and monitor these job safety plans. Today 22 states and jurisdictions operate their own plans including the state of New York.

State plans are required to establish health and job safety standards "at least as effective" as federal standards. Over two million local government and state workers are included in the New York State Plan for Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) which operates under the authority of Section 27 (a) of the New York Labor Law.

Federal OSHA Jurisdiction

Federal OSHA continues its jurisdiction over all private sector workplaces as well as shipyards, military facilities, federal agencies, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Possible Compressed Gas Injuries

Injuries that can be the result of compressed gas accidents include the following:

  • Burns associated with explosion and fire - gasses can be ignited by a flame, a hot object or even by static electricity.
  • Asphyxiation - gasses are odorless and colorless and can escape cylinders undetected until it is too late.
  • Chemical burns - corrosive gases cause skin tissue to be rapidly destroyed.
  • Chemical poisoning - even brief exposure to toxic gas can result in serious injury, and the symptoms might not appear immediately.
  • High-pressure injuries - injuries caused by the intense pressure inside compressed gas cylinders can propel the cylinder when such pressure is suddenly released.
  • Injuries suffered because of improper handling of containers filled with compressed gas

NY Workers' Compensation

NY employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance for employees and to post notice of this coverage in the work place. Unfortunately some companies and insurance carriers attempt to disprove injured workers' claims or to lower the amount they will pay for covered medical costs, etc.

Seek Justice If You've Suffered a Compressed Gas Accident Injury on the Job

If you or someone you love has been hurt on the job when a compressed cylinder was mishandled or when safety precautions were not taken, the New York on the job accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP know how best to fight the tactics of insurance companies who seek to deny claims or offer lower settlements than your loved one who survived the accident deserves. Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a no-cost consultation to discuss your legal rights.

Contact Us: Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today for a FREE, no obligation consultation today:

The Graybar Building
420 Lexington Ave. Suite 2750 New York, NY 10170
Phone: (212) 986-7353 Fax: (212) 953-4308

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