Fatal Construction Accidents tripled last year

Construction work can be a dangerous job when safety regulations are not rigorously followed. Sadly this seems to be exactly what happens in the NYC metro area as fatal construction accidents rose 61% in 2012. With the fast pace of construction jobs after the economic slow-down and damage from Hurricane Sandy , there is a tremendous amount of construction work to be done and much of it is being rushed. If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction  job or work site, don’t  hesitate to call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, an experienced  Brooklyn construction accident lawyer about your case.

Falling Dangers

Deaths from falling were the number one cause of death at construction sites in 2012. Manhattan led with nine deaths followed by Brooklyn and Queens, both with four deaths. Finally the Bronx had three deaths and Staten Island one. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) felt most of these deaths were easily preventable if proper safety guidelines had been enforced. With construction accidents making up 17.5% of all work related deaths, OHSA is pushing New York City Dept. of Buildings to do a better job of enforcing construction safety codes.

Non-Union Dangers

Of all the construction deaths in NYC, 72% came from non-union work sites. If you are working in such a site and have had an injury, be sure to call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, an aggressive  Brooklyn construction accident lawyer today. Many of the previous deaths came due to the lack of safety features such as safety harnesses and training. After a few falling deaths, some firms were found not to even have the permits to allow for high-rise type construction. You need to know your rights when dealing with these companies who are cutting corners which could cost you loss of life or limb.

Were you properly trained?

A new NYC law requires that any work on a supported scaffold over 40’ needs a permit and the workers having at least 32 hours of safety training. If you are working in such an environment and  are injured due to lack of training or negligence call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, Brooklyn construction accident lawyer to  protect your rights.

Contact a construction accident lawyer from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or the Bronx

Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is ready to investigate the cause of your accident and if due to a companies’ or contractors’ negligence will help you obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to. Call today at 718-237-5586 or email us your questions regarding construction injury you or a loved one has suffered. Or visit our office at 26 Court Street, Suite 1806 across from Brooklyn Supreme Court. Whether in English or Spanish we will work with you to determine if you are entitled to collect a settlement or win a verdict to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering caused by another’s negligence or flagrant disregard of building safety codes.