Falling Debris at Construction Sites

One hazard that is characteristic of all construction sites is debris, and because employees are often working from heights, this can mean falling debris. This is one of the many dangers that construction workers face on a daily basis. The New York Times reported on this issue a few years ago, and stated that in a period of just ten months, debris had fallen from New York City construction sites 74 times. One of the instances involved a steel bucket falling from a height of 53 stories, and others involved falling power tools, plywood and glass. Construction workers who are injured by falling debris may be entitled to take legal action and recover compensation for their injuries.

The construction accident lawyers at The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. have handled a number of falling debris cases and can help you fight for financial compensation if your injuries were caused by negligence or lack of adherence to state and federal safety codes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 200 construction workers are killed annually due to falling debris. In New York City alone, approximately 50 people are injured from falling construction projects every year, some of them are non-construction workers such as pedestrians. Sadly, these types of accidents are completely avoidable.

Safety Equipment to Protect Against Falling Objects

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following steps to avoid injuries from falling and flying objects at the workplace:

  • Always wear a hardhat
  • Stack your materials to reduce the risk of sliding or collapsing
  • When helpful and always when required, set up debris nets and toeboards
  • Wear safety equipment such as goggles
  • Inspect tools before use
  • Make sure employees are properly trained and supervised

Cranes, Hoists and Other Overhead Work

Flying debris often originates from construction sites that are utilizing cranes and hoists for projects. While these are an inevitable component of many construction projects, employers must properly train their employees so that they understand proper procedure for working around cranes and the like. Many zones within close proximity to cranes and hoists must be marked off as a hazard area, and construction workers must be careful to only lift objects that do not exceed the lifting capacity of the vehicle. OSHA explains that anyone who works beneath cranes, scaffolds or other overhead areas is at risk for being hit by a falling object.

Injuries Incurred from Flying Objects

The type and severity of injuries resulting from falling objects depends on a few different factors, such as the size and weight of the object, the height it fell from and what type of safety equipment the injured party was wearing at the time of impact. Injuries can range from minor to severe, and include:

  • Abrasions
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Blindness
  • Fatal Injuries

Retain an Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyer

The construction accident attorneys at The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. represent all construction workers in New York City and others who may have been injured by falling debris at construction sites. These accidents are completely avoidable, which is why the negligent or careless party should be held accountable for their actions. Building owners, contractors and others can be named in personal injury actions for failing to provide a safe workplace per New York State Labor Law. For a free evaluation of your case, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.