Sometimes it is necessary to destroy an existing structure before a new one can be created. Especially in cities like New York that have been built up over a number of centuries, demolition work is necessary for development because there is simply no longer any fresh land in the city upon which to build something new.
April signals the true birth of spring across both the Northeast and the Midwest. At this time of year, trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, birds have returned from their winter homes and people flood the streets, parks and worksites of the city in ways that are neither practical nor generally possible during the coldest months of the year.
We have previously discussed the fact that construction is one of the most dangerous American occupations. Construction workers complete astounding, necessary work on a daily basis, all while understanding that they are at a higher risk of injury and death on the job than most other workers. There are numerous occupational hazards that threaten the safety of all construction workers in New York. However, one group of workers is far more likely to be involved in fatal construction accidents than others and this reality needs to change immediately.
When an individual is hurt on the job, he or she is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, a personal injury settlement or both kinds of compensation. Only an experienced attorney can advise workers on which kinds of compensation may be available in their specific situations. However, New York law does provide numerous protections for workers who suffer construction accident injuries in both workers’ compensation and personal injury contexts.
The parents of worker killed by a crane have been awarded $1 million in the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit. The couple's 30-year-old son was working for Yonkers Contracting when the cable on a crane snapped. The cane then collapsed and crushed the young worker.
Laws and regulations that set out safety standards for construction sites in New York City are not created to annoy, to cause delays in projects or to add undue expense to developers. Safety laws and regulations are enacted to protect those who work on the site as well as those who may travel near the site from construction accidents that cause injury.