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Construction Injury Lawyer Records Show Construction Accidents in NY Are On the Rise

Harding Law Firm - Monday, August 19, 2013

Personal Injury Lawyer, Charles Harding Advises Workers About Knowing Your Rights

Increased construction in New York means higher employment and more jobs, which is fantastic news in today’s economy. More construction, however, also brings with it a higher risk for construction injuries and workplace accidents. This is evident from the number of cases being filed with construction injury lawyers’ offices.

As a construction worker, it's important that:

• You are aware of the risks involved when working on a construction site.

• You know your legal rights. New York State has strict safety laws to protect construction workers in case of any accidents or injuries that may occur while you are working.

The dangerous nature of work involved on construction sites means that workers are more prone to serious accidents and injuries. However, construction companies have certain obligations as your employer to protect your safety in the workplace.

Statistically speaking, in New York City, job site accidents increased by a shocking 31 percent from 2011 to 2012, while injuries rose by 46 percent in the same period (Source: New York Daily News). As a construction injury lawyer, Charles Harding has witnessed and represented a number of personal injury victims. In many cases that he handles, job site accidents occurred due to poor safety in the workplace.

Some common types of construction workplace accidents include:

• Slips and falls
• Forklift and crane accidents
• Structural collapses
• Burns (from chemicals, steam, electricity or fire)
• Equipment malfunctions and power tool accidents
• Scaffold accidents
• Falling debris
• Misuse of ladders
• Heavy lifting and body strain
• Exposure to toxic chemicals
• Electric shock
• Fires and explosions

With proper care, safety standards and due diligence, most of the above workplace accidents and personal injuries can be avoided. Under New York State law, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure correct standards and working conditions are maintained to ensure a safe working environment for construction workers. A construction injury lawyer will tell you that this is often neglected.

If you, a loved one or a co-worker is a victim of a construction accident due to the lack of safety or poor working conditions, it’s essential you speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

With over 30 year’s experience, Charles Harding, construction injury lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us about your workplace accident or personal injury claim today. Call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation.