Legal Help for Injured Tunnel Workers 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 New York tunnel, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 right now.

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Dangers for New York Tunnel Workers

While New York City 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, Moses & 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, Moses & Halperin, LLP attorneys 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

$6.5 Million - Serious Fall by Undocumented Laborer

Konstantin Burshteyn successfully represented a client, an undocumented laborer from El Salvador, who was seriously injured in a fall while working as a roofer.

Konstantin Burshteyn

$6.4 Million - Injured Union Concrete Workers

WRSMH attorneys obtained a total of $6,400,000 for multiple cases involving injured union concrete workers who were hurt on a construction site.

Noah Katz, Michael Zisser

$5.9 Million - Construction Worker Struck by a Falling Object

Carmine Goncalves obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a union construction worker, who sustained injuries after being struck by a falling object.

Carmine Goncalves

$5.75 Million - Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

50-year-old day laborer injured at his job site, an apartment building in the Bronx.

Bryce Moses

$5.75 Million - Falling Beam Injuries on Construction Site

The firm successfully represented a construction worker who sustained injuries which required multiple surgeries after he was struck by a falling beam while working on a construction site.

William Hepner, Fatos Dervishi

$5.4 Million - Faulty Chain Harness Drops Worker from Building

WRSMH attorneys represented a client, a concrete worker, who suffered serious injuries in a fall while performing his job.

Carmine Goncalves, Erin Hurley

$5.3 Million - Non-Union Construction Worker Injured by Table Saw

The firm successfully represented a non-union construction worker who was seriously injured while operating a table saw which lacked a safety guard.

Noah Katz, Fatos Dervishi

$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

$5 Million - Worker Injured in Trench Fall at Construction Site

David M. Hoffman obtained a settlement of $5,000,000 for a client who sustained multiple injuries after falling into an unprotected trench at a construction site.

David Hoffman

$4.5 Million - Union Bridge Painter Injured in Fall

Frank J. Lombardo and Carmine Goncalves obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a union bridge painter, who sustained multiple injuries in a workplace accident.

Frank Lombardo, Carmine Goncalves

$4.5 Million - Worker Injured in Slip and Fall on Construction Site

Carmine Goncalves and Bryce Moses obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a construction worker, who sustained multiple injuries in a workplace fall.

Carmine Goncalves, Bryce Moses

$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

WRSMH attorneys obtained a $4,100,000.00 settlement for a 44-year-old carpenter who was injured while working at a construction site.

Kenneth Halperin

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