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Drastic increase in New York City construction accidents

New York City’s construction boomed in 2015, leading to an increase in construction accidents and related deaths. A new article by the New York Times sheds more light on the increase in construction deaths, pointing at poor safety conditions and inadequate regulators. The rate at which workers were becoming fatally injured far exceeded the rate of construction, alluding to other causes of increased accidents.

The law requires certain regulations to be in place at construction sites to protect workers and pedestrians near dangerous construction zones. Equipment such as harnesses and helmets are often neglected along with other basic safety precautions. The majority of the dozens of deaths reported in the past few years were “completely avoidable” according to the New York Times.

The NYC Buildings Department showed that 10 workers were killed in construction projects in the 2015 fiscal year, almost double the annual average over the past four years. The number of workers who were injured was 324, an over 50 percent increase from the previous year. The New York Times claimed the majority of the injured workers were undocumented immigrants.

One of the major problems facing New York City construction workers is the lack of officials monitoring dangerous construction sites. The volume of construction makes it impossible for inspectors and other safety officials to deter corrupt and negligent construction companies from continuing dangerous practices.

If you were injured in a construction accident and would like to file charges against the party responsible for your injuries, please contact the New York construction accidents attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. For more information about the legal services we provide injured workers, call 866-LAWS-USA today.


NYC investigating fake OSHA cards to help end construction-related deaths

New York City has recently been experiencing an overwhelming increase in construction-related deaths. As a result, city officials are going undercover and arresting workers with false safety training cards.

In order to work on a construction site, a worker is required to complete safety training by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). This is meant to decrease the likelihood of job site accidents and deaths. However, there is a growing problem of fraudulent OSHA cards and individuals in dangerous construction settings without the proper training to keep themselves and others safe.

So far there have been over 20 workers found with false OSHA cards at city construction sites and several others have were found without cards at all. The Department of Investigation and the Buildings Department began the investigation due to construction fatalities reaching 18 so far this year, up from 12 last year. It is an ongoing process.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our construction accident attorneys believe that safety standards on construction sites should be held at a high level. If you were injured on a job site due to a lack of safety regulations, please call 866-LAWS-USA today. Our New York lawyers are experienced and dedicated attorneys who want to fight for the compensation our clients deserve.


New York City creates construction safety task force

New York City declared the creation of a construction safety task force after the recent indictment of two construction managers and the companies that employed them. As the city continues to grow, construction accidents and the prevalence of dangerous sites is costing the city and its inhabitants money and pain.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. stated “there are human consequences to New York City’s building boom.” The increase in residential construction permits this year is at 156 percent. This is the sixth consecutive year for permits to increase. While the increase last year was only 26 percent, construction spending rose to $36 billion.

The task force was created to inhibit the dangerous practices that negligent construction companies use when choosing profit over safety. Several New York City construction sites were found cutting corners to increase production while lowering costs.

If you or someone you know was injured in a construction accident, contact the New York attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our legal team is prepared to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after your accident. Call 866-LAWS-USA today for more information.


NYC construction site-related accidents peaked in 2014

In New York City, construction site accidents peaked in 2014 at the highest number in the past seven years. This past year alone, 231 accidents occurred, 18 of which involved pedestrians. Out of these 18 accidents, 22 people were hurt, which is the third highest pedestrian injury rate to date.

From 2008 to 2014, 96 construction site accidents caused injuries to 155 people. These high numbers of injuries exemplify the need for pedestrians to be aware of their surrounding areas, but moreover the need for site overseers to resume a high degree of responsibility. To ensure worker and pedestrian safety, construction teams must exercise caution while working.

Construction site accidents are often highly preventable; if proper safety measures are taken and regulated, accidents can be minimized. However, failure to do so can result in injuries of innocent individuals. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site accident, you can speak with a qualified attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP to craft a strong and strategic case against your wrongdoer. For legal assistance in pursuing the responsible party, please feel free to call 866-LAWS-USA.


Following the Mayors’ Challenge can increase street safety

Speaking out to every city’s political figures and civilians, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has outlined how following the Mayors’ Challenge helps promote street safety. Adhering to the activities of the Mayors’ Challenge can, for instance, reduce preventable accidents – specifically ones that result from situational factors like ongoing construction.

The Mayors’ Challenge consists of seven activities, as outlined by the Department of Transportation. Most prevalent to New York, three of the activities involve the following:

  • Maintaining streets so that they meet the needs of pedestrians and bikers
  • Developing additional laws and regulations to protect pedestrians and bikers
  • Increasing awareness and implementing safe road use by all

Although these challenges are intended to proactively protect citizens, accidents can still happen. Devastating consequences often occur when construction sites injure someone in the surrounding area. If you have been hurt in a similar situation, contact an experienced attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP for legal assistance. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to speak with one of our New York personal injury lawyers today.


OSHA invites employers and workers to ‘stand down’ for construction falls

A campaign by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to raise awareness about fall hazards and prevention in the construction industry will take place from June 2 to June 6.

The OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Stand-Down aims to have over 25,000 business owners and 500,000 workers in the country “stand down,” and discuss fall hazards and prevention. In addition to this goal, OSHA hopes to inform 1 of 10 construction workers in the country about recognizing and preventing fall hazards to increase safety in the workplace.

Last year, 269 of the 775 deaths reported in the construction industry were fall-related.

The OSHA believes fall accidents are preventable. However, many employers still flounder to keep their workplace free of any fall hazards. If you have ever been injured while working at a construction site in New York, consult with an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about pursuing civil action.


Tree-Trimming Accident Leaves Crane Operator Injured

A crane toppled over while trying to remove a large tree near a home in Haddonfield on the morning of Feb. 7. The crane was lifting a large section of the tree when it tilted over, tossing the crane operator onto the roof of a nearby home where he suffered a broken leg.

The man in the crane was more than two stories above the ground when he was thrown on to a roof below. The operator of the crane was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour due to a fallen power line.

Haddonfield Fire Chief Joseph Riggs told the Courier-Post that the tree was heavier than expected and that the weight of the tree caused the crane and truck to tilt.

Firefighters used a ladder to reach the injured worker on the roof and the crane operator did not suffer any injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will review the incident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a crane collapse accident, trust the team at Hach & Rose, LLP, to handle your case. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about what we are prepared to do for you.


Crane Inspector who Faked Inspection Records Sentenced

Edward Marquette, a crane inspector in New York who was arrested in 2008 for his role in a crane collapse which took the lives of seven individuals, has been sentenced for his falsification of crane collapse inspections. The penalties? 1,000 hours of community service and a $5000 fine. This, in spite of the fact that Marquette had a history of failing to inspect construction sites in the New York area, but falsely claiming that he had.

The judge who sentenced Marquette acknowledged that the sentence was significantly lighter than would usually be expected for someone whose actions were so directly related to such a serious accident. However, he cited as mitigating factors the fact that Marquette’s behavior appeared to be condoned by his employer, and that Marquette had quit drinking, which had been a directly contributing factor to his failure to properly perform the inspection.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crane collapse accident, contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling.


Lifting injuries and the recovery process

Construction workers are often exposed to situations in which they have to lift heavy objects several times in a single work day. This specific type of lifting can trigger a lifting injury that can result in severe complications, and a long recovery time.

The recovery process associated with these types of injuries can contain numerous steps and can result in a construction worker being absent from work for an extended amount of time. The recovery process can include surgery, physical therapy, medication, and resting.

The amount of time that a construction worker will spend recovering depends on the severity of their lifting injury. The length of this process can range from a few short weeks to several grueling months of rehabilitation and rest.

If you suffered a heavy lifting injury while at work, you need experienced representation on your side to help you fight for the compensation you need. Please contact the New York City lifting injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling 866-LAWS-USA today.


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