A 22-year-old man died at a construction site in New York’s Meatpacking District earlier this spring, according to a DNAInfo article. The young construction worker was part of a crew digging below the foundation of the building on the site to reinforce its support. According to reports, as he tried to climb out of the ditch, dirt fell on him and he was buried up to his neck. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Construction Workplace Injuries: All Too Common
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 4,500 construction workers were killed on the job in 2013. That averages to a dozen deaths per day. More than 20 percent of total work-related fatalities in the private industry were in the field of construction. Due to the nature of the construction industry, 17 percent of all work-related injuries involved contract workers.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, it’s imperative to contact the one of the most aggressive accident lawyers Brooklyn has to offer. Construction accident cases can be complicated. Depending on the facts of the case, federal and state law may be applicable. Additionally, several parties may be at fault for injuries suffered by a construction accident victim and may include general and subcontractors, equipment manufacturers or retailers, or other third parties. For these reasons, a thorough investigation should be conducted prior to taking any legal action. A knowledgeable accident lawyer in Brooklyn will conduct a detailed review of medical records, obtaining witness testimonies, and even visiting the accident site itself as part of building a case.
Your OSHA Rights
The Occupational & Safety Health Administration (OSHA) exists to protect, promote and maintain a safe work environment for all workers across the nation by providing specific rights. These rights include (1) obtaining copies of medical records; (2) reviewing records of work-related illnesses and injuries; (3) utilizing one’s rights under the law without experiencing discrimination or retaliation; (4) receiving information about OSHA standards that apply to the workplace; (5) receiving information/training about hazards and preventative measures against harm; and (6) requesting OSHA to inspect one’s workplace.
A competent accident lawyer in Brooklyn can help preserve your rights under the law by filing a complaint with OSHA.
Accident Lawyer Brooklyn
Construction accidents can be shocking and devastating. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction-related accident, contact an aggressive accident lawyer in Brooklyn. Don’t do this alone. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum have years of experience representing victims. Call (718) 237-5586 today for your initial free consultation and case evaluation. Your future depends on it.