Construction work often requires workers to complete jobs at considerable heights with minimal safety equipment. Workers must often stand atop thin scaffoldings or with nothing but a belt harness or flimsy handrail preventing them from falling several stories to the ground. If construction managers or safety supervisors fail to exercise proper precautions, workers can end up falling and suffering serious injuries.

A fall can result in the following types of injuries:

  • Quadriplegia
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Brain damage
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Coma or death

At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, our New York City construction accident attorneys are all too familiar with the catastrophic effects of a fall and have represented countless clients who have been injured under these circumstances. Oftentimes, these falls occur as a result of negligence on the part of those responsible for overseeing or administering a project’s completion. If you were injured in a fall from a considerable height on a construction site, our firm can help you seek compensation for your suffering.

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What Duty to Supervisors Have to Protect Workers?

Safety supervisors or project managers can act negligently in a variety of different ways, including failing to provide adequate safety equipment or improperly training those who will be working at significant heights. Contractors have a duty to devise a fall protection program before commencing a project. This requires surveying and identifying all possible hazards on a job site. Any workers who will be working at heights of six feet or more must be protected.

Safety precautions can include the following:

  • Choosing fall protection systems that are suited for the particular building site
  • Enforcing appropriate construction methods
  • Properly installing safety systems
  • Sufficiently training all workers
  • Supervision workers at all appropriate times

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Who is Liable in a Construction Accident?

A number of different parties can be held liable in the event that a worker should be injured in a fall on a construction site. Depending on the circumstances, a claim can be brought against the owner of the building, the equipment vendors, or the construction manager. If you were injured in a fall, you have a right to seek compensation from any combination of these parties. Our New York City construction accident lawyers can represent your interests and help improve the potential value of your settlement. To learn more about how we can help, contact our NY personal injury office today!

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