In 2014, there were a total of eight construction accident fatalities in New York City. In 2015, just four months into the year, seven fatal construction accidents have already taken place. In April alone, five people have been injured or killed in construction accidents in New York City. According to CBS Local, a construction worker was killed when dirt collapsed on his construction site in the Meatpacking District. And, according to Capital New York, four workers were injured when a structure collapsed and four workers fell to the ground. Additionally, one woman was killed last month when a piece of plywood blew off a fence and hit her.
 
 
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Construction sites pose a real hazard to both workers and pedestrians walking near these areas. In 2014, 211 people were injured in construction accidents in New York City alone. Every year, the number of people injured in construction accidents seems to be increasing. The number of people injured in 2014 from construction accidents was 13% higher than the number injured in 2013. If the trend continues, the numbers are likely to go up in 2015, as well.
One major contributing factor to the increase in injuries and accidents is that more construction is being performed as a result of the city’s financial recovery. Yet, in 2011, despite there being more construction work permits issued, there were fewer construction accidents in 2011 than there were in 2010, despite there being more permits issued in 2011 than in 2010. The trends show that city residents and construction workers do not have to accept an increase in injuries just because construction is increasing. Citizens and workers have a right to be protected from these sometimes devastating accidents. Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC has extensive experience in this area if the incident happened in the state of New York.
Crain’s New York Business recently spoke to a Building’s Department spokesperson who explained that there was “no excuse” for construction companies failing to operate within “code and compliance and ensuring the public safety at all times.” In order to protect the public, the city has been implementing data and technology oversights that would hold construction companies accountable when accidents take place. Yet, according to Crain’s, the city hasn’t been getting safer when it comes to construction accidents. This year’s accidents include the deadly East Village gas explosion that left two people dead.
So, what areas need to be improved? What accidents cause the most deaths?
Many accidents occur when workers fall. While many imagine that individuals need to fall from great heights in order to be killed or seriously injured, the fact remains that many people who are seriously injured or killed die when they fall from lower heights, like from ladders, or when they trip while walking through a site. When individuals work from heights that could be deadly, construction companies are more likely to put measures in place to protect these workers from falling. While workers who are using shorter ladders or working closer to the ground may not enjoy similar protections or safety measures.
Another risk posed to workers and pedestrians is the risk of falling objects. Demolition work can make structures unstable and can leave heavy supports loose and prone to fall. Scaffolding on construction sites also poses an accident risk to pedestrians. In one year, twenty people were injured in scaffolding collapse accidents. Either the people fell from scaffolding or pedestrians were struck when scaffolding collapsed onto the sidewalk below.
Construction accidents pose a variety of risks to workers and pedestrians. The law affords individuals legal protections when it comes to construction accidents, including the right to sue for injuries. A skilled construction accident attorney can ensure that individuals receive the compensation they deserve following an accident. Visit www.jaroslawiczandjaros.com today to speak with an experienced lawyer.

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