In Need of a Construction Negligence Lawyer in New York City?
At David Resnick & Associates, PC, we believe construction site accidents caused by someone else’s negligence are avoidable, and we are skilled at holding the at-fault party responsible for an injury at work.
A Manhattan construction site where contractors operate in a negligent and careless way can become a minefield of hazards that can result in many types of workplace accidents, including fires, explosions, exposure to toxins, accidents caused by improper signaling, electrocution, falls and more.
NYC regulations put the burden on management to provide a safe and healthy job site. When construction site contractors fall short of this duty, tragic injuries can result. The contractors and companies responsible for these careless accidents must be held responsible.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a negligence-related accident while working at a Manhattan construction site, protect yourself by calling the Manhattan construction accident injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, PC, for a consultation. There is no obligation, so call today at 212-279-2000 or contact the firm through our online form.
Manhattan Negligence-Related Construction Site Injuries
OSHA regulations make it clear that contractors and their subcontractors must ensure a safe workplace that complies with NYC construction site regulations at all times.
The safety regulations apply to “all contractors who enter into contracts which are for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating.” Subcontractors and material providers are held to the same standards.
The controlling contractor must adhere to all safety standards, even if some of the work is subcontracted. Subcontractors are responsible for satisfying the regulations that apply to their portion of the work, but controlling contractors are deemed to have joint responsibility to prevent work injuries.
This means that a party other than your direct employer could be found liable for your injuries at work, even if you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your direct employer.
How Construction Negligence Injuries Can Occur
Negligence can take many forms, and some of these lead to fall accidents (falls due to faulty scaffolds, unprotected elevations, trench collapses and tools and materials falling from heights). Other accidents stem from negligently maintained or operated equipment (cranes, forklifts, power tools, heavy machinery and so forth).
Many construction site injuries result from improper inspection, maintenance, and cleanup of the workplace. Although OSHA bans working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to health or safety, those regulatory duties are too often breached. The defense that workers “consented” to working under such conditions does not hold up.
When Manhattan, NY, contractors don’t keep their construction site and equipment properly maintained, accidents can happen.
- Improper maintenance of power tools or failure to properly mark live electric lines can lead to electrocutions.
- Improperly marked gas lines or failure to monitor the presence of combustible gases can set the stage for deadly explosions or fires.
- Improper handling of toxic substances, including heavy metals and asbestos, can also create health hazards for workers.
Another form of contractor negligence deals with the companies’ interaction with the workers themselves. Contractors must make sure that workers are properly trained on how to use equipment on the site, that they understand how to use safety devices and that they are well-versed in workplace injury avoidance.
A common cause of Manhattan construction accidents is improper signaling. Signal people are required in many circumstances where the operator of heavy equipment or a vehicle is unable to see where the machinery is moving. For example, signaling is needed when backing a dump truck or while moving a load with a crane. If workers give improper signals — or are not fully trained on how to signal — and accidents result, their employers could be held liable for the resulting injuries.
Hurt In A Construction Accident in Manhattan? Call Our New York Construction Injury Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love was harmed in a Manhattan, NY, construction accident and someone other than the employer was to blame, you could be entitled to receive damages if the third party falls outside of the workers’ compensation system.
The Manhattan, NY, construction injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, PC, are skilled at evaluating construction accident claims and can help you determine whether the negligence of a third party caused or contributed to your injuries. Call our firm today at 212-279-2000 or use our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.
We serve construction accident victims in the Bronx and all of New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island.