Construction workers routinely face significant dangers on the job. Because the worksites are so dangerous, New York State has provided minimum safety requirements that property owners, general contractors, subcontractors and others must comply with to prevent or reduce unnecessary injuries.
Our construction workers deal with significant dangers every day at the job site. They work with big machinery, and often work on scaffolds or other elevations. At times they work in trenches, on muddy or uneven terrain, or on slippery platforms and floors. They sometimes must work with hazardous tools or large equipment that may increase danger when a property owner, general contractor, or other responsible party does not provide an adequately safe workplace.
If you need a construction accident attorney in Buffalo New York or Western New York you can talk with a New York job site accident attorney. Attorney John Feroleto, is an experienced construction accident attorney who has recovered millions of dollars for injured workers above and beyond basic Worker’s Compensation payments. John Feroleto has served as an instructor to other groups of attorneys seeking to learn how to handle a construction site lawsuit.
The construction workers that we know and represent at Feroleto Law are hard workers who enjoy their job. They enjoy building, creating, and seeing the results of their labor. They have the right to work in a reasonably safe worksite while performing their trade. They have the right to work at a job site where the property owners, general contractors, and subcontractors comply with the minimum safety requirements mandated by the New York State Industrial Code and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Unfortunately, some contractors try to cut corners, failing to provide safe scaffolding, proper footing, or other necessary equipment to ensure the safety of workers doing their job. Because of the nature of the job site, when construction workers are injured they often suffer catastrophic injuries, and sometimes fatal injuries. When a worker cannot work, his or her family may face the risks of financial and emotional hardship. Very often when a worker discusses the job site, accident, and injuries, he or she is more concerned about what will happen to the family—how the bills will be paid and how he or she can protect what was worked so hard for to maintain stability within the family and home.
Workers who suffer severe injuries may not be able to return to their trade, such as a laborer, carpenter, painter, roofer, plumber, operating engineer, etc. Depending on the worker’s injury, age, and other factors, he or she may be forced to seek retraining for employment in a different field. At Feroleto Law, some of our clients who’ve worked in the construction industry and prided themselves in their work, would have difficulty adjusting to a different field, such as one that requires a desk job in an office setting.
It is important for someone who has suffered a construction site injury to contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in construction site accidents to preserve evidence, explain the worker’s rights and options, and protect the worker. Once an accident has occurred and a worker is injured, the insurance companies for the property owners, general contractors, and subcontractors will be seeking ways to prevent recovery all together from the worker, or ways to minimize the amount a worker may recover from a lawsuit or settlement.
Many of the injuries at construction sites are avoidable; OSHA has identified the “Fatal Four.” The four leading causes of worker deaths at construction sites resulted from falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being “caught between or within” type incidents. The “Fatal Four” were the causes of almost 60% of construction site deaths in the United States in 2013.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE
If you were a loved one has been injured at a construction site or job site accident, contact an experienced New York State construction accident attorney, such as Attorney John Feroleto at Feroleto Law to discuss your options, and what you need to do to protect your rights. John Feroleto has recovered millions of dollars for injured construction site workers. There is no attorney fee unless there is a recovery for you. Ask questions about your construction site injury and options today under the strictest of confidentiality. You can call Attorney John Feroleto with your questions.