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Construction sites can be hazardous to workers on the job, but they can also pose dangers to people in the immediate area of construction. A recent Manhattan construction accident highlights the potential for serious and catastrophic injury. 

Locals Concerned about Construction Site Safety and Child Injury at Rec Center

Is a construction site on the Upper East Side likely to lead to construction accidents and injuries among New York City residents? According to a recent article in Capital New York, many New Yorkers fear a new construction project, that is taking place next door to the Asphalt Green recreation center on East 91st Street, is likely to endanger many children who regularly use the rec facility. And just last month, a jack hammer chisel actually flew through one of the windows of Asphalt Green, "injuring one worker and renewing fears about child safety."

What is the construction project all about? In short, the city is building a garbage transfer station next to Asphalt Green. And the recent construction site accident has only fueled local residents' concerns about safety. Indeed, many Upper East Siders have been angry about the project since it began, asserting that "the transfer station will endanger hundreds of children who use the rec center every day."

Why will this construction project pose a greater danger than others? According to parents in the area, there is a ramp that currently leads to the construction site, and it runs directly between Asphalt Green and a baseball field. Amidst concerns about child safety, New York City officials initially promised to "consider relocating the ramp," but officials later said that moving the ramp "appears unlikely." According to Kathryn Garcia, the sanitation commissioner, the financial costs and engineering difficulties associated with relocating the ramp likely would prevent the possibility of moving it to another place.

The Department of Design and Construction planned to investigate the accident and suspend work at the site until the investigation was complete.

Construction Site Personal Injuries and Fatal Accidents

According to a publication from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work in our country. More than six million Americans work at approximately 250,000 construction sites each day. And OSHA emphasizes that "the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average ... for all industries."

How do construction workers sustain serious and fatal injuries? OSHA lists the following potential hazards for employees at construction sites:

  • Falls from heights;

  • Trench and scaffolding collapses;

  • Electric shocks;

  • Failure to use, or to properly use, personal protective equipment; and

  • Repetitive motion injuries.

Contact a Construction Accident Attorney

If you recently sustained injuries in a construction accident, it is important to speak to an experienced New York City construction accident lawyer. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Contact the New York City law offices of Keogh Crispi, P.C. today to learn more about how we can help.

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