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The Construction Industry

Construction is a booming industry in New York and the United States. As a major source of jobs, the construction industry provides employment to more than seven million people. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in construction rose by 3.8% when 258,000 employees joined the construction workforce in 2004.

Have you been injured in a construction accident or has a loved one been killed in a construction accident?

A New York Construction Accident Lawyer at Finz & Finz, P.C. can help you seek compensation from a construction accident, injury or fatality. Contact a New York Construction Accident Lawyer today!

The risks that construction workers face is alarming. With heavy, dangerous equipment and potentially hazardous worksites, proper training and adequate safety precautions must be taken at all times. Unfortunately, accidents do occur. The resulting injuries from construction accidents are often serious and can be life-threatening. Contact a New York Construction Accident Lawyer today for more information on recovering compensation from a construction-related accident!

Construction Accident Facts

Construction is a high hazard occupation. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

  • Between 1980 through 1995, at least 17,000 construction workers died from injuries suffered on the job.
  • Construction has the third highest rate of death by injury in the United States.
  • On average, there are 15.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in the construction industry.
  • One out of every ten construction workers is accidentally injured every year.
  • The most common accident at construction sites is falls, either on the same level or from height.
  • The leading causes of death among construction workers are falls from elevations, motor vehicle crashes, electrocution, machines, and being struck by falling objects.

Safety on Construction Sites

To address the hazards inherent in construction work, such as trenches, heights, power lines, and dangerous equipment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have established specific safety goals, which have contributed to safer working environments in the United States.

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that construction workers accounted for 1 in 5 on-the-job fatalities and 1 in 10 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2004. With these alarming figures, safety is a common concern for families and loved ones of those who work in this potentially dangerous industry.

Types of Construction Accidents

Dangerous workplace conditions and defective equipment are just some of the common causes of serious construction accidents. Other accidents that can occur include:

  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Electrical shocks
  • Severe gashes caused by sharp tools and falling equipment
  • Ladder accidents
  • Falls
  • Forklift accidents
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • OSHA violations

Fatal vs. Non-Fatal Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a total of 401,000 nonfatal injuries and illnesses were suffered by workers in the construction industry in 2004. A total of 1,234 workers were killed on the job in the private construction industry in that same year, a 9% increase from 2003.

Injuries can range from minor to serious. However, due to the dangers of the workplace and the equipment used, construction accident injuries are often extremely serious. Some types of injuries that can occur include brain damage, loss of limb(s), sprains, strains, cuts, lacerations, electrocution, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). 

Legal Help for Construction Accident Victims

If you, a family member or a friend have suffered a serious injury from a New York construction accident, contact a New York Construction Accident Lawyer at Finz & Finz, P.C. now by completing the Free Construction Accident Case Evaluation form at the right of this page or call (855) TOP-FIRM.

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Contractors Must Ensure Tool Safety

September 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An August 10th, 2018 construction death has been described as a freak accident, but details of the incident indicate it could have been preventable.  The death occurred when a worker utilizing a saw fell, bringing the saw down with him.  The saw cut into his neck, killing him.

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Retaining Walls Necessary for Safety

September 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A retaining wall serves one purpose, but it is a very important purpose.  Retaining walls are engineered and built to hold back thousands of pounds of earth, stone, or other materials.  These safety structures are used in a variety of circumstances, whether at roadside or in homes or around commercials structures.

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Falling Debris Poses Risk to Workers and Pedestrians

September 05, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Construction work generates a great deal of debris, especially during the demolition phase.  Tearing down drywall, pulling out framing, and cutting through block and concrete generates not only dangerous dust (requiring the use of face masks) but also large chunks of wood, cement, and other materials. 

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Construction Worker Falls Account for Startling Number of Deaths

August 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Construction is the most dangerous job in America, with more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities occurring in this field.  Each day, workers die from electrocution, from falling debris, and from being caught between different types of machinery.  Though these types of deaths are far too common, falling poses the highest risk of death and injury of any construction related accident.

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Unlicensed Contractors Can Pose Health and Safety Risks

August 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Using a licensed contractor is a way for homeowners and other builders to have some recourse if mistakes are made during construction.  The process of getting a license insures a certain level of liability insurance is maintained, and many municipalities document which contractors work on which projects so there is a paper trail in case of problems.  But it is not only the people paying for the project who are at risk if a licensed contractor is not used.

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Construction Accidents Occur in All Environments

April 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Movie magic doesn’t prevent significant injury or even death when an accident occurs. And movie magic is no protection against inadequate safety measures, as proved by an April 4th incident at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta that left one worker dead.

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Intraday Transportation Accidents and Risks

February 23, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most manufacturing and construction sites are small enough that intraday transportation is not necessary.  Workers arrive at their workplace and proceed to their work location, and their own two feet are sufficient for all the distance they need to cover over the course of their shift. But for larger scale projects, or for certain industries such as mining, intraday transport is a necessary part of the day for most workers.  This transportation can come in a variety of forms, dependent upon the type of worksite.  Examples include:

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Site Prep Risks Found in Construction Accidents

February 17, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Prepping building sites for residential and commercial construction are among the most difficult tasks for construction workers.  While framing, sheet-rocking, electrical, and plumbing are reasonably consistent from job to job, the unique nature of each parcel of land means that each prep job is different. Long-time construction workers can tell stories for hours of the various difficult types of terrain they have encountered.  Underground streams, granite formations, and other problems are lurking just below the surface.  Shaping the land to meet the requirements of the architect’s design frequently requires moving large amounts of dirt, rock, and other substances.

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The Frightening Number of Construction Accidents Involving Elevator Shafts

January 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

No one will argue that construction work is not a dangerous job. Everyday construction workers handle heavy building materials, sometimes at dangerous heights. While that may seem dangerous enough, workers forced to do their job under unsafe conditions presents an even more hazardous environment and risk of injury.

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New York Attorney Provides Advice for Construction Accident Prevention

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When you get hurt on the job, you want to believe your employer will do what is right.  You want to believe that a proper investigation will be held, and that the results of the investigation will determine how to proceed.  You want to believe you work for an honest company, and that no subterfuge would take place.  But all too often, companies can’t be trusted to do what’s right.

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No Equal Opportunity When it Comes to Construction Accidents

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Supervisory positions are the dream of many Americans.  We imagine ourselves working our way up the ranks, until we are the ones in charge, the ones collecting the big paychecks, the ones making a salary instead of a wage.  In most lines of work, the higher you go the less dangerous the work.  That isn’t necessarily true with construction.

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Construction Accidents: The Heat Is On

June 29, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A new study scheduled to be published in the journal Safety Science is drawing attention to an underappreciated risk faced by construction workers in many parts of the country.  It is well-known that construction is a very dangerous profession, particularly for roofers due to the risk of falling, but there is another significant danger that is barely understood.

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Construction Accidents: Cutting Corners

May 11, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On April 13th, 2015, a construction crew in Bonney Lake, Oregon knocked a large chunk of concrete off an overpass, resulting in three days.  Two days later, newspaper reporters revealed that the subcontractor involved in the project, Staton Construction, had committed a violation of state statute during a previous project, the demolition of the Sauvie Island Bridge in 2008.

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Construction Accidents: Good News Bad News

December 24, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Housing is back!  This wonderful development is all over the news, and the uptick in construction jobs is a boon for many struggling communities.  Before the Great Recession, housing was responsible for a large percentage of jobs in many towns across the country, and when housing cratered it took those jobs with it.  Many areas of the country were economically devastated by the housing crash.

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Construction Accidents: More Work Means More Risks

September 18, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Construction accidents are not to be taken lightly, whether in an upward turn of the economy or in a downward turn when business is slower.  Construction workers know they risk injury on the job at any given time and have many factors to take into consideration for their safety.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 5 percent increase in private sector construction fatalities from 2011.  Even though construction workers and companies must adhere to rules and pay special attention to safety guidelines, it’s easy to miss items when deadlines are on the horizon just to finish the job.

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Construction Accidents and the New York Labor Law

October 02, 2012 | Former NYS Supreme Court Justice Leonard L. Finz

Tragic events often are the prime movers for changes in the law. Nothing could be more dramatic in the evolution of our safety laws enacted to protect workers, than what occurred in 1911. Almost one hundred years ago, in a sweat shop in lower Manhattan, a fire broke out in a factory owned by the Triangle Waiste Company. The fire spread within minutes, there being no sprinklers or extinguishers. As sewing machine operators (mostly immigrant women), pressers, cutters, and others, attempted to escape the inferno, they rushed toward the only exit door which opened in, and not out, thus causing a pile-up of workers, who in panic, pushed and tried to climb over each other in their attempt to reach the exit door which was shut and blocked by those in a frenzy trying to get out. When the flames were finally extinguished by firefighters who fought valiantly to reach the trapped workers, they came upon the tragic toll - 146 dead, unable to escape through the only door jammed with bodies.

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