Working in construction can be rewarding, as a construction worker’s labor helps build our cities and towns. There’s a special satisfaction in knowing you contributed to a major building project.
However, construction work is also one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In New York, construction workers make up just 4% of the workforce, but account for almost 19% of all work-related deaths in the state.
Some of the most common types of fatal construction accidents involve:
In the United States, approximately 2.3 million construction workers do their work from scaffolding. This accounts for about 65% of the construction industry. With so many workers spending so much time working from heights on scaffolding, these structures are commonly involved in fatal work accidents.
New York City has a scaffolding law, also known as New York Labor Law sections 240 and 241. According to this law, accidents involving scaffolding and related types of equipment are covered under absolute liability – meaning that builders can be held fully liable for scaffolding and other falling accidents on their construction site.
Ladders also account for a large number of fatal construction accidents. In 2012, 279 construction workers suffered fatal flaws. Accidents involving ladders are also covered under New York City’s Scaffolding Law.
See infographic for more information on the four most common fatal construction accidents.
Laurence Banville. Esq is the managing partner and face of Banville Law, a personal injury law firm helping New York residents. Laurence is licensed to practice law in the state of New York. Originally from Ireland, Banville moved to the United States of America where he worked at law firms, refining his litigation and brief writing crafts. He is also the recipient of the Irish Legal 100 and the Top 40 Under 40 awards.