Ladders are one of the most common tools at use on construction sites all across New York, and most workers have used them so often that it feels like second nature. They hardly think about it.
Last month, the district attorney for Manhattan met with representatives of multiple New York City agencies and announced the filing of criminal charges related to a June mini-crane accident that seriously injured two construction workers.
The number of construction accidents that make the news is troubling. In many of these cases, proper protocol and safety guidelines could have prevented the incidents. This is one of the points that makes these accidents so tragic. These men and women came to work with the intent of earning their pay and then going home to their family members at the end of their shift.
Construction workers who are injured on the job might need to file for workers' compensation benefits. Understanding what these benefits can do might help you decide if this is the correct way to resolve your injury claim.
Construction workers don't have an easy job. They work out in the elements, with dangerous equipment and face several risks each time they report to work. Yet, they continue to go into work because they need to earn a living and because they know people are counting on them.
A 33-year-old and a 26-year-old man both died on Jan. 23 in construction accidents in Manhattan and Queens.