Something as simple as a safety harness and rope can make all the difference in the event of a scaffold accident in New York.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 21, 2011
A construction worker is alive following a scaffold accident in Kips Bay.
“Thankfully, the worker used adequate safety precautions,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York construction accident law firms. “Something as simple as a safety harness and rope can make all the difference in the event of a scaffold accident in New York.”
The construction worker dangled six stories above the sidewalk, held by only his safety harness and a rope. He had lost his balance and toppled over the edge of a suspended scaffold, reported the New York Post. (12/13/2011).
Construction site falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 751 construction workers died on the job, with 35 percent of those fatalities resulting from falls.
Nearly 2.3 million construction workers often work on scaffolds, reported OSHA. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related construction accidents would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities annually.
Fall arrest systems, safety nets, guardrails, covers and restraint systems can prevent many construction accident injuries and deaths from falls, said OSHA.
“Training is one of the most important requirements to prevent falls from scaffolding in New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law, said.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or scaffold fall on the job, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers atThe Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and personal injury accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including age and disability discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition 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 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, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.
The Perecman Firm serves 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."