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Falls are a common cause of construction accidents in New York

Heavy machinery, elevated working areas and many other potential hazards can make construction work a dangerous undertaking. Unfortunately, construction accidents are a common occurrence both in New York and across the country. Depending on the type of accident, some workers may face serious injuries. One employee was recently injured when he fell on the job.

The man was doing construction work several feet off the ground at an Upper East Side apartment complex when the accident occurred. Authorities stated that he fell onto a piece of steel rebar, which caused substantial injuries. A rescue team comprised of several firefighters had to strap the man into a stokes basket to be able to lower him the six stories to street level.

Reports indicate that the construction worker suffered a serious leg injury as well as a hip injury. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Officials stated that he is expected to recover. It is unknown whether officials have determined what caused the worker to fall and whether a further investigation will be conducted.

Due to the injuries the man suffered, he may decide to file a workers' compensation claim. He could receive monetary damages if his claim is successful, which could then help pay for medical bills and wages he may lose while in recovery. Any New York employees injured in construction accidents may consult experienced workers' compensation attorneys for assistance in filing claims. An attorney could provide more information to clients as well as help them throughout the legal proceedings.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Construction worker injured after he falls on steel", Rocco Parascandola, May 18, 2017

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