Fall prevention harnesses are key to the safety of workers. When worn and used properly, they will break the fall of a worker and save his life.
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 05, 2012
A New York painter died as the result of a fall while working on the Throgs Neck Bridge early Friday, according to the New York Daily News(3/30/2012). John Massas fell 140 feet into the Long Island Sound.
The painter had fallen from a platform beneath the middle of the span as his co-workers helplessly watched the construction accident, the New York tabloid reported.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the U.S. construction industry.
“Fall prevention harnesses are key to the safety of workers. When worn and used properly, they will break the fall of the worker and save his life,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, a construction accident lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
To prevent construction accident falls in New York, the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division requires all workers to wear safety harnesses while working on elevated projects, like the one under the bridge.
According to the New York Daily News, authorities are not certain whether Massas was wearing his safety harness when the accident occurred.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing fall protection and making sure it is being used correctly. Employers must also adequately train employees who might be exposed to fall hazards, explained Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law.
Victims of New York construction accidents and/or their families may be entitled to compensation for New York construction accident injuries. For more information on construction accidents, please contact the experienced New York construction accident lawyers at The 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, civil rights violation, and construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases including scaffold accidents. 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.
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), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.
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
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