Construction sites are common in Staten Island. One example is the West Brighton residential campus, slated to receive $100 million in facility upgrades, impacting 574 apartments in 14 buildings. Another example is the new construction of a 12-story affordable housing property at 475 Bay Street in Stapleton. Bricklayers in Staten Island face health and safety hazards on the job every day. Workers can be seriously injured through the negligence of others, even when they follow all the safety rules on the job site.
If you have been hurt on a construction site as a bricklayer, speak with an experienced Staten Island bricklayer injury attorney as soon as you can. You may be entitled to pursue compensation in addition to workers’ compensation. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP offers experience, compassion, and results, and we have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients. We were named among the Best Law Firms in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report. Our attorneys have been listed among New York Super Lawyers and rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating one can achieve.
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Staten Island bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, and concrete blocks in mortar. These skilled workers construct, repair, and build residential and commercial buildings and other structures, such as foundations, chimneys, walls, and decorative masonry work. They receive their training through college courses, apprenticeships, or on the job.
Bricklayers need knowledge of building and construction, thoroughness, attention to detail, the ability to work well with others, flexibility, and patience. Bricklaying plays an important role in the construction industry. Walls covered with bricks are not only more appealing in appearance but also more durable. Bricks provide water resistance and help prevent damage to the inner walls.
When safety standards are not strictly followed, bricklayers can be injured in construction site accidents, including:
- Falls: Workers who fall from scaffolds or ladders or trip and fall due to worksite hazards can be seriously injured.
- Crush accidents: Bricklayers are vulnerable to being crushed or suffering impact injuries from large or heavy objects, such as a container full of bricks or equipment at the site.
- Falling objects: Working around and beneath other construction workers, bricklayers are at risk of being struck by falling objects, such as tools or materials.
- Electric shocks: Electrical injuries are common among workers on construction sites, including bricklayers.
Construction accidents can cause bricklayers to suffer a wide range of injuries. Some of the most common include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractured bones
- Facial injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Crush injuries and amputations
Any worker injured on the job in Staten Island may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits should cover your medical expenses associated with the injury and reimburse you for a portion of your lost wages. If your claim is denied, an experienced attorney can help you appeal. If you were hurt in a construction accident caused by the negligence of a third party (other than your employer), you may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit for damages.
New York occupational safety laws are complex. Your best chance of recovering the compensation you deserve is to consult with an experienced Staten Island construction accident injury lawyer.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP has more than 50 years of experience helping clients get the justice they deserve. We meticulously prepare every case and work with the best expert witnesses. Our Staten Island lawyers have been awarded membership to the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums.
Call us at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation if you have been injured in a bricklayer accident.