New York City is no stranger to the habitual construction worker injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest number of work-related personal injury accidents happen to construction workers. When looking at the Fatal Occupational Injuries by Industry in New York City for 2014-2015, construction workers made up 34% of all fatal occupational injuries. This is the highest percentage out of all other industries.
Recently a 41-year-old construction worker fell from a two-story building in Brooklyn and suffered several serious injuries. The man was replacing shingles on the roof of a two-story, 184-year-old house in Brooklyn Heights when he plummeted to the ground. The construction worker landed on his head on the porch of the house. Violations were issued to the general contractor and subcontractor of the site for failure to provide suitable fall protection at this site. Following the fall, the worker was rushed to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he remained in critical condition.
Dangerous conditions on roofing jobs, including unprotected edges, steep slopes, and slippery matter, have the potential to cause serious injury to construction workers. For that reason, it is important that the contractors implement proper safety precautions.
OSHA has reported that nearly 90 percent of falls happen where there is no fall protection at the worksite. Fall protection for a roofing job includes the use of protection across a leading edge. A leading edge is an unprotected side or edge on a roof that changes location as the construction continues. If you are an employee on a construction worksite and you notice that there is no fall protection on site, it is your right to refuse work until fall protection is appropriately installed.
Fall Protection could be provided with:
- Guardrail systems
- Personal fall-arrest, safety-net or positioning device systems
- Covers for holes
- Controlled access zones
Employers have a duty of care to provide adequate safety measures to protect the well-being of their employees. If you are a New York City construction worker who has suffered a serious injury as a result of another individual’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered due to construction site-related injuries, including construction fall accidents. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our office at 718-238-2400.