Helping Tunnel Workers Injured in NYC

You only need to spend a few days in New York to understand how vital tunnel workers are to the city. Visitors are captivated by the skyscrapers that tower above us, but without the network of tunnels running underground, the city would screech to a halt.

Whether they are blasting through the earth to create new tunnels for subways or performing routine maintenance, tunnel workers do the jobs most of us cannot imagine. Without tunnel workers, the utilities and transportation that we all rely upon would come to an end. These workers often go unthanked, and their jobs are incredibly dangerous.

Tunnel workers can suffer life-threatening injuries on the job, so methods have been developed over the years to keep them as safe as possible. When an accident does occur, it is important to identify how the accident could have been prevented, and if anyone was responsible for causing the accident. That is where an experienced NY workplace injury attorney can help. If you or a loved one has been injured while working in a tunnel, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 right now.

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Dangers for Tunnel Workers

While tunnel workers must deal with common workplace risks like trips and falls, they also deal with hazards that most workers will never have to worry about. Some unique risks for tunnel workers include:

  • Suffocation: Working underground means there is less access to fresh air. In tight quarters, poor air quality can be extremely dangerous, causing workers to pass out, suffer brain damage, and potentially die unless they can be removed from the tunnel in time.
  • Crush injuries: Whether from a tunnel collapse or improper use of equipment, tunnel workers always have a real risk of being crushed.
  • Fires: Fires can be catastrophic underground due to narrow corridors and restricted movement. Flammable gases can cause massive explosions.
  • Poor visibility: Being underground means being away from natural light. Work areas need to be properly lit, and workers without personal lights can cause other accidents.
  • Becoming lost: If a worker is left behind, serious injuries or fatalities can occur. This is why communication between workers is so important.

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Safety Procedures Below Ground

Due to the deadly nature of tunnel work, professionals in this industry have established a number of safety standards to keep workers free from harm. So long as these are followed, the risk of serious injury or death is greatly reduced. Some of these standards include:

  • Air monitoring and ventilation: Air in tunnels must be monitored and routinely checked for quality. Proper ventilation and fresh air in the tunnel are essential for worker safety.
  • Proper lighting: Lights must be set up so workers can see what they are doing. Every worker should also have a personal light for illumination.
  • Fire prevention: The best way to fight underground fires is to avoid them. Any source of combustion must be controlled, and air should be checked routinely for flammable gases.
  • Check-in/out policies: Every tunnel worksite must have check-in and check-out policies and procedures in place. This ensures that managers always know who is currently in a tunnel, so no one gets left behind.
  • Emergency plans: Emergency plans must be in place for a wide range of possible accidents, including collapse, machine failure, and fire. If an emergency does occur, everyone must have been trained on what to do.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a tunnel accident, you do not have to go through it alone. Call the top NYC tunnel accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your options. If there is compensation out there for you, we will help you get it.

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Our Construction Accident Case Results

$18 Million - Verdict for Construction Worker Who Fell from a Defective Scaffold

The laborer fell three stories from a defective scaffold and suffered comminuted fractures of his left calcaneus, osteomyelitis in the left heel and a painful neuroma in his foot.

Philip Russotti

$11.76 Million - Labor Law Construction Accident with Single-Level Lumbar Fusion

Frank Lombardo obtained $11.76 million in Queens County for a seriously injured Union Local No. 1 journeyman plumber.

Frank Lombardo

$11.1 Million - NY Construction Worker Fell from Ladder

Phil Russotti obtained an $11.1 million verdict in Queens County Supreme Court, for a 53 year old man who was injured on a construction site at a New York City High School.

Philip Russotti

$8.2 Million - New York Construction Worker Paralyzed in Fall

Plaintiff, a 40 year-old, undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was working off the books for a roofing contractor when he fell through a hole in the first floor of a one family home he was working in.

Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti

$7.25 Million - Defective Scaffolding Injury in New York

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin partners Phil Russotti and Ken Halperin settled the case of a union-affiliated painter in his 40s, who was injured while working at a chemical storage facility.

Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti

$6.5 Million - Carpenter Injured from Fall at Jobsite

David M. Hoffman obtained a settlement of $6,500,000 for a client who was injured in a fall on a jobsite resulting in suffered serious and permanent trauma to his head.

David Hoffman

$5.75 Million - Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

Bryce Moses, Mitchell Kahn

$5 Million - Staten Island Construction Worker Killed When Trench Walls Collapse

Clifford Shapiro and Kenneth Halperin worked together to obtain a $5,000,000.00 settlement for the family of a construction worker who was killed while working in a trench at a construction site on Staten Island.

Clifford Shapiro, Kenneth Halperin

$4.5 Million - Non-Union Laborer Injured in Construction Site Fall

Attorneys obtained a pre-trial settlement in the amount of $4.5 million for a non-union laborer who fell through an opening on the first floor into a cellar below a Manhattan high-rise building under construction.

Noah Katz, Kenneth Halperin

$4.27 Million - Paralyzed Construction Worker

Bryce Moses conveyed to the jury that the landowners were responsible for the accident and was able to obtain $4.27 million dollar recovery despite the fact there was only 4 Million Dollars in insurance coverage.

Bryce Moses

$4.1 Million - Construction Site Ladder Fall

WRSH partners Mitchell Kahn and Kenneth Halperin obtained a $4,100,000.00 settlement for a 44-year-old Carpenter who was injured while working at a construction site.

Mitchell Kahn, Kenneth Halperin

$4 Million - Plumber Injured in a Construction Accident

The plaintiff suffered a concussion as well as lumbar and cervical herniations as the result of his workplace accident.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin,Mitchell Kahn

$3.85 Million - Demolition Worker Struck By Overhead HVAC Unit

Cliff Shapiro and Noah Katz together represented a construction worker who was struck by an air conditioning unit, causing injuries requiring surgery.

Clifford Shapiro, Noah Katz

$3.75 Million - Laborer Injured During Demolition

Our client was injured on February 23, 2012, during the demolition of a sidewalk in front of a large building. As a result of the accident, he had a cervical fusion, a lumbar fusion, and a left knee arthroscopy.

William Hepner

$3.75 Million - New York Construction Accident Case

WRSH partners, Philip Russotti and Kenneth Halperin settled the construction accident case at mediation for our client who was a 50 year old bricklayer.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin, Mitchell Kahn

$3.5 Million - Laborer Fell From Ladder While Painting Fire Escape

Frank Lombardo obtained $3.5 million for a non-union laborer who was injured after falling from a ladder while painting.

Frank Lombardo

$3.5 Million - Local 147 Union Construction Worker Hurt in Scaffold Accident

Our client was a member of Local 147, who was seriously injured when he fell from a poorly construction scaffold.

William Hepner

$3.375 Million - Non-Union Laborer Sustained Injuries From Scaffold Fall

Frank J. Lombardo handled this case through the discovery phase of the lawsuit and settled it at private mediation for $3.375 million, prior to it being calendared for a jury trial.

Frank Lombardo

$3.2 Million - Union Worker Falls from Scaffold

Bill Hepner obtained a $3.2 million settlement at mediation for our client, a member of the Pointers Cleaners and Caulkers Union – Local 1, who was injured when he fell from a scaffold while doing his job.

William Hepner

$3 Million - Construction Worker Struck by Falling Staircase

Noah Katz and Kenneth Halperin together represented a 44-year-old construction worker who was working on the renovation of a building.

Noah Katz, Kenneth Halperin

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