In many cases, these workplace accidents result from a disregard for the safety of our city’s construction workers. This event sends a message to the construction industry that worker safety is the number one priority.
New York (Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011
A New York City lawyer who represents construction accident victims said this week that he fully supports the goal of the NYC Buildings Department’s upcoming Construction Safety Week.
“As an attorney who represents workers who have suffered construction injuries and families who have lost loved ones in construction site accidents, I’ve seen the tragic consequences that result from the failure to provide a safe working environment,” said Schwartzapfel, a founding lawyer of Schwartzapfel Partners P.C.
“The NYC Buildings Department should be commended for staging this event for the seventh consecutive year,” he said. “Hopefully, it will bring more attention to eliminating the leading causes of construction accidents, injuries and deaths: Dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety equipment.”
According to NYC Buildings Department data, New York City’s five boroughs comprise one of the busiest construction regions in the country, with the department issuing more than 136,000 construction permits in 2010.
However, the heavy construction activity has been accompanied by a high accident and fatality rate. The department reports that 157 construction-related accidents occurred in 2010, with 165 reported injuries and four deaths.
“Falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolding are all too common as well as injuries caused by falling objects, trench collapses, toxic fumes, electrocutions, explosions, fires and other construction site hazards,” Schwartzapfel said.
According to an agenda released last week by the NYC Buildings Department, the April 25-29 Construction Safety Week will include panel discussions on topics that include accident prevention, safety innovations and the safe use of scaffolds.
“In many cases, these workplace accidents result from a disregard for the safety of our city’s construction workers,” Schwartzapfel said. “This event sends a message to the construction industry that worker safety is the number one priority.
“Contractors who cut corners on safety know they will be held accountable when they violate the law and endanger the safety and well-being of workers and the general public."
About Schwartzapfel Partners
Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. is one of the most prominent and well respected plaintiff personal injury and litigation firms in New York. The firm has handled tens of thousands of cases and helped thousands of clients obtain the money and benefits they deserve. The firm's pledge is to make a difficult situation easier and the firm's lawyers are proud of a success rate of over 98%. Schwartzapfel Partners P.C. fights to protect the rights of those who cannot protect themselves.
The firm concentrates in all types of personal injury litigation, including construction accidents, workplace injuries, workers’ compensation, motor vehicle accidents (auto, truck, motorcycle, taxi), medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, wrongful death, defective products and drugs, and Social Security disability. To contact Mr. Schwartzapfel, call 1.800.966.4999 or go to http://www.fightingforyou.com for more information.