Falls From Heights
New York Construction Site Falling Accidents Can Be Devastating
Industrial and construction jobs are notorious for deadly accidents, particularly when a construction site employee falls from up high, such as at a high-rise construction site. We have injured construction workers come to us often, with back injury, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and broken bones, usually from falling off upper floors of a building under construction. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 nearly half of NYC fatal falls took place in the construction industry. There are many types of fall injury cases, involving roofers, painters, handymen, carpenters, electricians, welders, crane operators and window washers who:
- Fell from a ladder
- Fell off a roof
- Fell from scaffolding
- Fell through defective flooring
- Fell off high equipment
- Fell due to faulty ropes or cables
- Fell because of co-worker mistake
- Fell down unfinished stairs
Call a Tough New York Personal Injury Attorney If You Were Injured in a Fall
Unlike typical slip and fall accidents, which usually take place on slippery surfaces, falls from heights are often due to broken flooring, malfunctioning equipment, insufficient safety procedures or poor protective gear such as worn-out harnesses. Sometimes construction workers fall from top floors of buildings under construction, due to high winds and improper safety training or equipment, such as harnesses, ropes and hoists. In other cases, a building collapses and workers fall amidst dangerous debris, broken glass and possible toxic dust and fumes. No matter what the cause, if you took a fall due to an elevation-related hazard on a construction site, the New York scaffolding law was breached. If that is the case, we will use it to defend your rights in a workers compensation case and, if needed, in court during your workers compensation hearing.
If you lost a loved who died in a fall at work, we will aggressively pursue a wrongful death claim to help your family get through this difficult time. Call the New York on the job injury lawyers—Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP—toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. Every discussion is confidential, and there is no obligation. We serve the greater New York City area, including the Bronx, Rockland County and Long Island.