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Construction accidents in New York are on the rise

Throughout New York, construction is seemingly constant. This is a positive as it provides jobs and other benefits. However, concerns about safety are ever-present and one of the most dangerous jobs that anyone can do is in construction. With the heavy machinery, working on scaffolds and ladders at great heights, and the large tools that are inherent with construction work, a construction worker accident can happen for a variety of reasons. Research has found that the number of construction accidents have been rising in a worrisome fashion.

In New York City, there has been a rise in construction injuries and fatalities. Injuries have increased by 17 percent; fatalities have doubled. Through July, there were eight construction-related fatalities to workers. In 2017, in that same amount of time, there were four deaths. Regarding injuries, the first seven months of the year had 457 job-related accidents and 469 injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the job with the highest risk in the city is construction work. Construction accidents led to more than 37 percent of the deaths on the job for 2016. At least 50 people have been hurt by falling debris thus far in 2018. Part of the reason there are so many accidents is the amount of construction that is taking place. With more than 45,000 construction workers in the city alone, accidents occur because of negligence, errors and accidents. Attempts to make the job safer have included increased training for construction workers, increased penalties for employers who shun proper safety and keeping better track of accidents as they occur.

A construction worker accident can leave a person with the need for extensive medical care, lifelong injuries and the inability to get back to the same type of job, if the worker can get back to work at all. Whether it was a fall, burns, broken bones, joint injuries, spinal cord damage, head injuries or other issues, legal help can be essential to get workers' compensation benefits, coverage for medical care and help with lost wages. In some cases, there is a disagreement over issues such as how long the worker will be out and the amount of medical care that is needed. An experienced law firm can try to help with construction accidents and the legal claims that need to pursued.

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