A $230 million court house being built in Staten Island will be environmentally safe and energy efficient when it opens later this year. But is it safe for the workers who are constructing it? A worker who was seriously injured in a fall last summer alleges in a lawsuit that the construction site was not safe for workers. The 58-year-old worker is suing to recover an unspecified amount of money damages for serious arm and leg injuries.
Construction companies understand that they have a responsibility to provide their workers with proper safety equipment, training and support. Construction sites are dangerous places to work and without the appropriate safety precautions, the result of an accident can be devastating. While many companies comply with state and federal safety regulations, there are also many who choose to put profit over the safety of their workers.
Working on a construction job comes with a fair share of hazards and frustration. Whether a person is working on a home project or on a large construction site, the risks of getting injured can be very real. Powerful tools and heights often create dangerous conditions so it is imperative that people are working with safe products free from defects. One of the most common tools that people work with on a jobsite is a ladder. Unfortunately, ladders are also a common cause of serious falls and accidents.
Among the millions of people who come into New York City everyday are thousands of tourists anxious to enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Those who live in the city may be accustomed to the hectic traffic and congestion that goes on every day, but many people are experiencing it for the first time. Unfortunately, many of these people become victims of a serious car accident.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly and because of someone else's negligence is devastating for families to cope with. For many of these people, holding the responsible party accountable is necessary so that they can regain a sense of justice. One way to do this in New York is to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
One of the biggest risks on a New York construction site is falling, and preventing anything from falling is crucial. This could mean properly securing harnesses and scaffolding for people who are working high up in a building, but it could also mean making sure that materials do not go plummeting to the ground as well. When objects fall from high levels or are very heavy, they can cause serious damage to the people below.
Construction sites can be very dangerous places for workers and even bystanders to be. In order to make areas that are under construction safer, a number of federal safety regulations and procedures are put in place. Companies must comply with these requirements or risk being held responsible for a serious accident.
In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a victim's family can be devastated. Losing a loved one unexpectedly in a car crash is far too common, but every situation is different and needs to be properly investigated to find out what went wrong. However, one tragic similarity in many fatal crashes is the finger-pointing that goes on afterwards and a negligent party's refusal to take responsibility.
$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.