Staggering Number of Construction Accidents

Construction workers go through immense training and have a copious amount of safety regulations to follow. However, the state of New York has begun to cut back on some their safety regulations, specifically in the category of safety inspections. Since New York began to decrease the number of safety inspections done on construction sites, the number of construction worker injuries and deaths has noticeably spiked.

New York, like most cities, is always growing, renovating, and improving, and these things all call for construction. In New York City alone, there were 17 construction-related deaths in 2011, which jumped to 25 deaths in 2015. In the state as a whole, the death toll rose from 33 in 2011, to 55 in 2015. Including injuries along with fatalities, the state of New York saw 128 accidents in 2011, which exponentially grew to 435 in 2015. The correlation between these accidents and the safety regulations is demonstrated in the statistic that in 2011, there were 2,722 inspections from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and then in 2015, that number fell to 1,966. This 27% decline could be related to the drop in inspection workers from 82 to 66.

The impact a decrease in inspections has on the death and injury toll in the state of New York is eye-opening. This line of work is dangerous, and every precaution needs to be taken in order to ensure the safest environment for these construction workers. There are already so many accidents that can be attributed to bad timing, bad luck, and sheer accident, thus we have to make it in our best interest to eliminate all other risks by overdoing the safety regulations.

On top of increasing safety regulations, the increase in legal action is bound to get attention when it is this frequent. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, there are a plethora of things you can get compensation for. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of working capacity, and long-term care are just some of things a lawyer can get you.

The statistics for construction-related accidents are not to be taken lightly. There are so many things that can go wrong on a construction site, so it is important to understand your power to take legal action. You should not have to suffer financially as well as physically after an accident. If the accident resulted in death for your loved one, worrying about paying bills should be the least of your worries. Grieving is a difficult process that takes time and attention, so hiring a lawyer to take care of the legal side of the accident, and get you the compensation you need to survive can really help you. Big construction companies are prepared for lawsuits due to the common nature of these accidents, so you cannot go at them alone, and lawyers are there to help you.

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