The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified a significant risk to construction workers of injury by falling objects and injury by flying objects, such as when something being pushed, pulled or pried becomes airborne and may strike a person. Examples of such injuries as reported to OSHA have included death caused by sections of a ladder coming unfastened, falling and striking a worker standing under a suspended scaffold; death by a wire rope being used to pull a shed onto a trailer coming loose, snapping back and hitting the worker; and death by a nail from a nail gun that pierced a wall and acted like a bullet, striking a worker in the head. Such accidents typically occur when the injured worker was not wearing a hard hat.
Since 1992, the lawyers of Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in every borough of NYC. If you or a loved one were injured, or killed, by falling debris, you are entitled to compensation. We will help you get it.
Because falling objects by nature come from heights, this type of accidental injury can be considered covered by the provisions of New York’s
labor law 240, which states that a contractor or owner shall “furnish or erect, or cause to be furnished or erected…scaffolding hoists…ladders…pulleys, braces…ropes, and other devices…as to give proper protection to a person…” who is employed for the purpose of “erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a business or structure.”
The nature of the injuries in a falling object accident at a construction site will depend on factors such as the weight of the object, the speed, and angle at which it hits the workers, and whether the worker is wearing a hard hat. When the falling or flying object is acting as a projectile, a hard hat may serve as an effective protective shield. When the falling object is extra-heavy, it may crush a person, in which case, not even a hard hat would likely protect him or her from a catastrophic injury or death.
At Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, we have dedicated our efforts to helping individuals and families cope with the effects of accidental injuries. In court and during settlement negotiations we are ready to communicate to insurers and/or jurors the pain and daily challenges that you now live with. If we represent you, we will document and present to decision-makers your extensive present and future medical bills. We will work with vocational experts and economists as necessary to outline your monetary losses, including lost wages as well as your loss of enjoyment of life.
For help after a construction site injury, contact the attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm. To discuss your best legal options call 212-268-3222.