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.
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.
Typically, workers’ compensation will cover at least some of the costs associated with any injury sustained in the workplace or while performing work-related duties outside of the workplace, regardless of who is at fault. However, workers’ compensation insurance may cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with your injury depending upon the exact circumstances of your injury. As such, it is highly advisable that you speak to an attorney if you believe that you are not being fairly compensated for your injury. If you’re in a similar situation and you were involved in a construction accident in New York, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP help people like you fight for their rights. Contact our offices at 212-779-0057.