There are immense dangers in working at a construction site. While there has been progress to protect the health and lives of construction workers over the past decade, construction workers are still faced with real injury risk on the job.
There are safety precautions taken into account, such as planning and new equipment, hard hats and steel toe boots, but it is simply not enough. During any given year, there are a multitude of construction related injuries, and in some cases, there are fatalities associated with this line of work as well. If you or a family member has been involved in a construction related work accident, you should contact an experienced construction accident lawyer.
A recent construction accident in Middletown, New Jersey resulted in the death of a construction worker that was working on a construction area when the area caved in. There were several cave-ins before the recovery efforts were able to reach him 12 feet underground and completely covered by dirt. Chief of the Middletown Fire Department reported that “He had machinery at ground level, and it sunk down. The ground gave way after the worker got off the machine.”
Construction work that requires digging trenches, such as in the above case where pipes were being installed, can often be risky and dangerous. In instances where the proper precautions aren’t taken to prepare the site or maintain the trench, the ground can collapse under the heavy weight of the equipment and cause injuries and fatalities to the workers onsite. In cases of negligence or safety violations involving trench work that resulted in an accident, it is important for victims to consult with an experienced Construction Accident Lawyer. Construction accident lawyers are experienced in this area of law and fight hard against insurance companies and lawyers of these companies in order to get the families the compensation and closure that they deserve.
In many cases, hiring a construction accident attorney is necessary to prove negligence and to help the family get answers. There have been millions of dollars won in cases such as these. Though money is won in these cases, it does not take away the pain and magnitude of the tragedy for victims and their families. The settlements do however hold the negligent companies accountable financially in order to prevent more of the same tragedies from continuing to occur.
Despite the great strides that have been taken in order to ensure the safety of all construction workers, there are unfortunately many cases in which carelessness or negligence have led to a loss of life. In 2011, out of 4,188 worker fatalities, 17.6% were construction related.
Contact NYC Construction Accident Lawyer Jeffrey Kestenbaum
Construction accidents result in not only a great amount of physical stress, but financial and emotional stress as well. If you or a family member has been a victim of a construction related injury in New York, contact an attorney. You owe it to yourself and to your family to keep these companies accountable.
Jeffrey Kestenbaum is an experienced Brooklyn construction accident attorney who practices law in New York City, as well as Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties. He is dedicated to defending his clients’ rights and helping them get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at (718) 237-5586 and let us provide you with a free consultation.