New York construction workers build hundreds of projects across the five boroughs each year. The new development, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art expansion and Hudson Yards to the New York City School Construction Authority, is a sign of a thriving economy. However, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the country. If you sustained injuries on a job site, you might need help paying for medical bills, rent and other expenses while you recover. We often assist clients in filing a workers’ compensation claim.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 200,000 injuries or illnesses on construction sites that led to multiple missed days of work in the U.S. in 2018. Falling is one of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries on the job.
Improper use of ladders often contributes to injuries resulting from a fall. When choosing equipment, it is critical that it is right for the job. Ladders should extend three feet above the work surface and stand at a stable angle, secured at the top and bottom. Make sure you have at least three points of contact when ascending and descending. Use a tool belt or rope to pull supplies to your location once off the ladder.
Scaffolding anchored on the ground must be able to support its own weight plus four times the intended load. This includes workers, materials and tools. Suspended platforms must support its own weight, plus six times the intended load. Employers that do not provide proper training and ensure fall protection equipment is in place may be liable for injuries.