New York, New York (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
A 42-year-old construction worker died after falling through the floor and hitting his head at a worksite in Queens. The man was working on the erection of an apartment building when he fell 15 feet to the basement, according to The Wall Street Journal. Falls are the most common cause of fatal injuries to construction workers despite the fact most can be prevented, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), four construction workers die on a construction site every day. In 2010, there were 264 deaths related to falls out of 774 total fatalities in construction. Of these deaths, 255 were linked to falls to a lower level. Data from 2010 was the most recent available.
The construction accident fall occurred on Broadway near 45th Street. Following the accident, work was halted on the construction site by The Department of Buildings, reported the WSJ.
New York State has a statute that provides special legal protection to workers who are required to work at heights. Labor Law Section 240, also referred to as the "Scaffold Law,” places responsibility for a construction worker’s fall from a height on a third party. If contractors, project managers, or owners of the building failed to provide needed or working safety devices to guard against the risks, they can be held responsible. According to New York Labor Law 240 and 241, it is their responsibility to provide whatever safety lines, harnesses, guardrails or other safety equipment is necessary to guarantee a worker’s safety while working at heights.
“Construction falls are a particularly prevalent problem in New York City. Significant construction in the city involves tall buildings and great heights,” said Perecman. “However, in reality, falls shouldn’t be such an issue. They should be prevented from happening.”
New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many individuals obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including scaffold falls in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."