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Construction Accident Death: What You Need to Know

Construction sites are a part of the landscape of New York City. Anyone who works or travels through the city is familiar with the sights of construction--cranes, workers in hard hats, etc. But, construction is a dangerous business to be in. Any occupation where people work in close proximity to large equipment and machinery can be dangerous. Construction workers are injured regularly at New York construction sites. Even more tragically, construction accidents often kill workers.

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has helped many families suffering after the tragic loss of a loved one due to a construction accident. We can help you pursue a financial settlement that helps you during this emotionally and financially difficult time. Let us stand up for your family against the responsible parties and their insurance companies. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353.

Construction Accident Death: What You Need to Know

Injury-causing accidents are common on construction sites. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), over 4,000 workers in private industry are killed while on the job, annually. Each year, approximately four million workers suffer workplace injuries. Many of those suffering construction accident injuries never recover and return to work.

In the construction industry alone, there nearly a 1,000 worker fatalities each year, across America. That means about 1 in every 5 American workers killed on the job are in the construction industry.

File a Construction Accident Wrongful Death Claim in New York

Construction consistently ranks among the most dangerous industries. Workers are at risk of suffering serious and even fatal injuries from electrocution hazards, trench cave-ins, falls, collapsing scaffolds, defective power tools, and many other dangerous situations. This is why it is crucial for employers to regularly and carefully inspect construction sites. They must also provide workers with job and safety training, adequate supervision, and proper safety equipment.

When there's a failure to provide safe working conditions, the results are often tragic. Families who lose loved ones in construction accidents not only lose a beloved family member, but also a primary wage earner. These deaths devastate families emotionally and financially.

If your loved one died in a construction accident due to lack of workplace safety or as a result of someone else's negligence, please contact the NY construction accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today. Your wrongful death claim can hold the negligent party responsible for their dangerous actions.

Fatal Construction Accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are well over 4,000 fatal work injuries each year. The family of a deceased construction worker killed on the job can pursue compensation for their tragic losses through the employer's workers' compensation insurance. Death benefits under workers' compensation should include support for funeral and burial expenses and installment payments like those for temporary total disability benefits.

But, there is additional compensation available when a fatal accident involves a wrongful death. A wrongful death is one that results from someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. When filing a wrongful death action after a construction accident, the families of victims must prove:

  • The construction company was negligent
  • The worker died as a result of the at-fault party's negligence or wrongdoing
  • The victim had close family members who suffered losses because of their death

OSHA's Fatal Four Causes of On the Job Deaths

Four primary causes of workers' deaths are referred to by OSHA as the fatal four. Elimination of these fatal four causes of workers' deaths would save 410 lives every year in the U.S.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "fatal four" causes of construction worker on the job deaths include the following:

  • Falls - 35 percent
  • Struck-by-object incidents - 10 percent
  • Electrocutions - 9 percent
  • Caught-In or -Between incidents - 3 percent

The Fatal Four Causes of On the Job Deaths Defined

  • Falls – are a leading cause of fatal construction accidents. On the construction job site, hazards include unprotected wall openings, sides, and floor holes, improper construction of scaffolds, and misuse of portable ladders. When workers are exposed to a fall hazard of six feet or more above a lower level, OSHA mandates the use of guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems. In addition, all floor hole covers must be able to support twice the weight of employees, materials, and equipment. Floor holes must be covered or guarded during new construction as soon as they are created.
  • Struck-by-objects – accidents are another leading cause of injuries and deaths on construction sites. Struck-by-objects incidents occur due to vehicle/equipment accidents, falling or flying objects, and falling bricks during masonry projects.
  • Electrocution - accidents injure or kill employees when they come into contact with power lines, when there is lack of ground-fault protection, when a path to ground is missing, when extension cords are used improperly, and when equipment is not used in a safe, prescribed manner.
  • Caught-In or -Between accidents – occur when workers are injured or killed as the result of being crushed between objects. These injuries can occur during trenching when there are cave-ins. They may occur when workers become compressed between shifting objects such as a loading dock wall and a semi-trailer.

Contact an Experienced New York Fatal Construction Accident Attorney

A New York wrongful death claim can include financial compensation for many damages that aren't covered by workers' compensation death benefits. A wrongful death claim can result in compensation for loss of financial support, loss of love and emotional support, loss of quality of life, and the pain and suffering your loved one endured before their passing.

If you've lost a loved one in a construction accident, DO NOT accept any settlement offers until you speak with an experienced New York construction accident wrongful death attorney. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP will fight to get you the settlement you deserve. Let us help you get the compensation you need.

Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

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