New York was one of the first states in the country to implement laws protecting construction workers and requiring certain safety systems for both professionals and pedestrians near construction sites. Unfortunately, having rules about safety doesn’t always mean that people will follow them.
Both the people working at construction sites and those traveling near those sites can wind up at risk of serious injury from falling items. Tools, supplies and even heavy equipment have historically come loose and struck workers, nearby pedestrians or even vehicles parked near New York construction sites.
Construction companies should provide equipment and training
Whether someone has a drill or welding gear, they should know how to secure the device to the place where they work and have the necessary equipment to do so safely. Construction companies should provide education for their workers and the necessary equipment for them to safely use tools, handle materials and operate machinery at significant elevations. Items shouldn’t fall at safe construction sites.
When companies don’t provide the necessary equipment or they don’t train their workers, workplace accidents could easily result. Both injured employees and those passing by an unsafe construction site could get hurt if they get struck by falling objects that did not get properly secured.
Workers generally have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits related to an injury, but when they can show that their employer was negligent or broke the law, that may open up their options for compensation. Companies may be vulnerable to both insurance claims and lawsuits when items fall and hurt people.
Recognizing the obligation of companies to prevent construction accidents can help you take appropriate action after you get hurt. You have every right to expect compensation for your losses.