There's no disputing it; being a construction worker is a dangerous job. Whether you are working with heavy machinery or high atop scaffolding, you are always one slip-up away from suffering a serious - and possibly life-threatening - injury.
Imagine a world in which every single week, a passenger jet crashed in the United States. Dozens are killed in each crash, with the rest of the passengers injured and hundreds more hurt on the ground. How long do you think that could continue, week after week, before the government launched major investigations and new safety procedures?
Serious matters require a serious approach. That's the mode comic Tracy Morgan is in these days after sustaining "severe painful bodily injuries" after the New York City native was involved in a June 7 truck accident that left another man dead.
News reports indicate that the truck driver involved in the weekend crash that killed a man and left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition was awake for more than 24 hours before the wreck southwest of New York City.
"She was a rambunctious 9-year-old," said the girl's mother. "She loved to dance, she wanted to be a pediatrician." All of the life and energy in that little girl came to an end this past Sunday as she left a New York City church with a friend and the friend's mom. The car they were in was slammed by a minivan driven by a man fleeing a hit-and-run accident.
As we all know, the New York City construction business is one of the most dangerous industries in the city. Far too often we hear of construction accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities.
A New York City based organization has released a study that finds a disproportionate number of Latino and immigrant construction workers are being killed on the job. The Center for Popular Democracy reviewed federal investigations of construction site accidents from 2003 to 2011 to compile its report. As reported in local news media, the report found that 74 percent of construction workers who died in construction accidents were U.S. born Latinos or immigrants.
Bicycling can be perilous. Although bicyclists helmets for protection, they have fewer protections in accidents than the unpredictable taxis, cars and trucks that they face on New York streets. Adding to the dangers are careless or distracted drivers. These dangers alone should be enough, but in some cases, bicycle riders must deal with hostile drivers as well.
Texting is well known as a distraction for car and truck drivers, with increasing numbers of drivers admitting to texting behind the wheel, and increasing numbers of fatal texting-while-driving accidents as well. As smartphones become more and more indispensible, their use is becoming a factor in more and more accidents across many types of transportation.
$2.1 million settlement
for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.
$1.6 million settlement
for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.
$2.55 million settlement
for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.
$1.75 million settlement
for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.
$2.5 million settlement
for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.
$1.2 million settlement
during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.