Common Injuries on Construction Sites

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In the construction industry, the safety and welfare of workers is an utmost priority. However, cases of construction worker injuries at Edgemere Commons in neighboring Queens have caused concern about the implementation of protection from fatal injury and danger on work sites. Our legal team can help you explore the common types of injuries on construction sites, as well as the workers’ compensation benefits in the state of New York that may be available when an incident occurs.

Potential Construction Site Injuries

As identified by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the following are some of the most common construction site injuries:

Falling and Slipping

Workers may fall from heights (buildings, scaffoldings) onto the ground or fall into holes and ditches. Falling and slipping is the leading cause of construction worker deaths in this industry, as they accounted for 35.3% of deaths in 2020. Falls from heights usually occur from improper mounting and dismounting and a lack of adequate fall protection equipment.

Objects Falling

Some accidents that may occur with falling objects include objects being moved by a worker, being thrown into an object, and being trapped between objects. In 2020, this type of injury was the third most common, comprising 16.7% of cases.

Electric Malfunctions

Working in construction has a ton of exposure to electrical equipment, some of which include generators, machinery, electrical wiring, and power tools. Constant tampering with these electrical devices can put workers at risk of suffering electrical burns.

Workers’ Compensation in New York

For construction workers going through financial issues from being injured and unable to work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. According to New York State, you are entitled to portions of any lost wages if your injury either keeps you from work for more than seven days or your pay is lowered because you are working fewer hours or doing other work.

Have you suffered from a worksite injury? Discussing the details of your case with a construction accident lawyer at Goldstein & Bashner may be beneficial to obtaining your workers’ compensation rights. A successful claim could grant you recovery for economic damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and decreased earning capacity, as well as mental setbacks from trauma, pain, and suffering. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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