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NYC construction hazards: When falling objects cause serious injury

Construction work is dangerous, but sometimes unnecessarily so. Falling objects can present a serious hazard that may be largely preventable.

In November 2016, two workers were killed in Queens by a 6,500-pound beam that came loose from a crane, according to The crane operator and flag man were crushed, and windy conditions were reportedly a concern. Such tragic cases cause workers and their families to worry about safety.

Common questions about worker safety and falling objects

State and municipal laws provide certain protections for workers, who deserve a safe environment in which to do their jobs. In particular, New York’s “Scaffold Law” (New York State Labor Law Section 240) applies to construction accidents involving falls from heights and falling objects.

Injured workers and their families need answers to important questions about how to take care of vital needs after something bad has happened:

  • Does it matter who was responsible for the falling object?
  • Is the business owner always liable when an object falls on a construction site?
  • How much wage replacement will workers’ compensation offer?
  • Do we have a valid third-party injury claim, separate from workers’ comp?
  • What kind of benefits will my family receive if my loved one was killed or catastrophically injured while working construction?
  • Will all of my medical treatment be covered?
  • Can I go to any doctor I choose?
  • What will my family gain from having a lawyer represent us?

What you can do if you or a loved one is injured

You need to protect your rights and make sure your family’s needs are met, both now and in the future. Talk to an experienced construction attorney about your legal rights. There is no risk in obtaining free advice from an experienced firm.


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