Construction workers in the state of New York have the right to expect a reasonable level of safety on the job, but this requires due diligence. Recently, New York City has shut down more than 300 construction sites due to potentially dangerous and hazardous conditions. This report comes directly from the Department of Buildings in NYC, which has issued hundreds of Partial and Full Stop Work Orders to some on the city’s larger construction projects.
Why the crackdown on construction sites in NYC?
The Department of Buildings recently launched and enforced a new “Zero Tolerance” effort for construction projects and project managers. It is intended to help improve overall safety standards surrounding the city’s new buildings and developments.
The agency revealed its concern regarding recent construction site accidents that were reported earlier in the year. The department is also striving to provide a complete analysis of the industry as well as a thorough safety report for current years.
Common construction site accidents
Unfortunately, construction site accidents are all too common. They occur for myriad reasons, including human error and poor supervision. Contributing factors include faulty machinery, poorly trained operators and lack of basic precautions.
Some of the most common mishaps that lead to injuries and fatalities on construction sites are gear and crane accidents. This type of heavy equipment is intrinsically dangerous. It requires mechanical inspection and alertness to be used safely. Electrical shocks, fires, explosions and unplanned detonations are often caused by poor planning and execution. Cave-ins and building collapses are also real threats. So are falls from heights and being struck by falling objects.
After being involved in an accident at a construction site, you can take some solace from knowing that legal counsel is available to you, and you may have a valid claim. If your injuries were caused by negligence, you have a legal right to seek just compensation. Exploring this possibility may provide the financial security you need to move forward with your life.