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New York construction accidents far too common

Just about every job in New York poses a risk of harm to those who perform it. But some professions are inherently more dangerous than others. Police officers and firefighters can face hazardous conditions, but one common profession that can be just as treacherous is that of a construction worker. These men and women, who often work near swift moving vehicles, at extreme heights and near massive machinery, can be seriously injured or killed when workplace safety has been compromised.

Tragically, a recent report seems to indicate that construction sites are becoming more dangerous for construction workers. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health discovered construction worker fatalities are rising in conjunction with rising rates of safety violations on the behalf of construction employers. In the past two years, 30 construction workers have been killed on the job, which increases the number of construction worker deaths close to 500 over the last 10 years. This number is shocking, but so, too, is the fact that the study found that more than 90 percent of construction sites where a fatality occurred were in violation of safety regulations.

Federal and state lawmakers have and are currently attempting to increase safety by passing various rules, regulations and laws. However, these measures can take time to pass, meaning that injured workers and their families are left to struggle with their financial difficulties without assistance.

Of course, injured workers can find relief if they pursue workers' compensation or, perhaps, file a lawsuit against their employer. If dangerous conditions exist and an employee is injured or killed as a result, then compensation should be recoverable. Yet, just as is the case in any legal arena, victims often face aggressive push back from their adversaries. This is why it may be beneficial for these injured workers to seek assistance from a skilled legal advocate who can utilize the law and evidence to strengthen their case.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Report Finds New York Construction Fatalities, Regulatory Violations Rising," Elizabeth Blosfield, March 6, 2017

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