Falling Debris Poses Risk to Workers and Pedestrians


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.

This detritus must be contained, especially at the second story or higher, and especially when the building lacks an outer casing to prevent the debris from falling. Having proper disposal areas and techniques goes a long way towards preventing any accidents related to construction debris. Though these procedures increase the timeframe it takes to finish a project, maintaining a safe environment is more important than saving a few days.

Construction remnants are not the only objects at risk of being dropped on a worksite. Tools, particularly smaller tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, are frequently dropped from upper levels. Though small, these objects pose significant danger to those below. Gravity amplifies the force of falling objects, so that even something as light as a few nails can pose some risk of harm if it is dropped a sufficient distance.

Being struck by falling debris is one of the four most common construction accidents, but it is not only construction workers who are effected, particularly in urban landscapes such as New York City. Pedestrians have no choice but to walk near buildings under construction, and the risk of a falling tool or piece of concrete reaching the sidewalk is higher than it should be.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by falling construction debris, consider consulting with an experienced lawyer. A qualified attorney can guide you through the process of determining whether or not proper safety protocols were in place, and whether those protocols were followed.