Accidents During Concrete Work
Skilled New York Lawyers Serving Construction Injury Victims
Concrete workers can face serious workplace hazards every day. Dangerous equipment, electrical connections, falling debris, and other threats can cause devastating harm. An on-the-job injury can leave a worker struggling to recover both physically and financially. For more than a decade, the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC has advised and represented construction accident victims throughout New York, including in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Our seasoned injury attorneys tirelessly advocate on behalf of people who were hurt in building site activities such as working with concrete.
Accidents During Concrete Work
Working with concrete requires preparation. Although cement must be properly mixed and poured, it is vital for the appropriate shores and forms to be set up before the mixture is added. A failure to utilize sufficient shores and forms can place concrete and other construction workers at risk for serious injury. Employees may suffer harm when the integrity of a wall is compromised, or a concrete form or mold falls from an elevated work surface and strikes a worker. Unfortunately, someone who is hurt in an accident during concrete work may suffer a head or back injury, broken bones, or worse.
Injured construction workers across the state are protected by the New York Labor Law. Section 241(6) of this statute requires that all construction, excavation, and demolition work in New York be performed in a reasonably safe manner. In addition, the law also states that a property owner or general contractor must comply with the worker safety protections provided by the New York Industrial Code. A contractor or building site owner who fails to meet the safety requirements of the Code may be held responsible for any resulting harm.
Section 23-2.2 of the Industrial Code addresses safety measures that must be implemented whenever concrete work is performed anywhere in New York. This law states that any forms used to shape concrete while it hardens must be tied together or properly braced to prevent the cement mold from moving or falling on a worker. Additionally, the Code requires that any walls built from concrete be sufficiently braced in order to prevent the wall from toppling over due to wind, vibration, and other jarring movements that may occur during the construction process. Any form, shore, or bracing that is expected to withstand a load of at least 150 pounds per square foot must be built according to design specifications created by a licensed engineer, and a copy of the design should be maintained at the building site for examination.
The New York Industrial Code also requires that any concrete forms, shores, bracing, or other supports be inspected on an ongoing basis by a designated individual. Regardless of the stage of completion, any unsafe condition must be fixed as soon as it is discovered. In an effort to increase worker safety, the Code states all concrete forms should be removed from the work area after being stripped or discarded. The regulations provide that any protruding hazards, such as nails, that are not required for later work must be removed or cut after a mold is stripped to prevent potential injuries to construction workers.
Filing a Claim for Compensation
To recover damages after a concrete accident, a construction worker must demonstrate that his or her harm occurred because an employer or property owner violated a specific provision of the Industrial Code. People who were hurt on a New York building site normally have up to three years from the date of the injury during which to file a claim for compensation. If a construction worker fails to file a lawsuit within this timeframe, he or she probably will be permanently barred from recovering damages.
Sadly, someone may be killed in an accident on the job. Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of a beloved family member, the personal representative of a worker who died in this tragic way may be entitled to collect financial compensation for any damages the decedent would have recovered if he or she had survived. This may include lost earnings, conscious pain and suffering before death, medical expenses, and funeral costs. In order to obtain damages, a wrongful death case must normally be filed within two years from the date of a concrete accident.
Discuss a Workplace Accident With a White Plains Attorney
Too often, construction site owners cut corners and violate Industrial Code regulations. When they do, their workers often suffer. If you sustained an injury on a building site in New York, the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, can help you seek the justice you deserve. Our hardworking White Plains workplace injury lawyers represent ordinary people in both Westchester County and throughout the five boroughs of New York City. If you were the victim of a concrete accident, please contact us through our website today or give us a toll-free call at (877) 580-6636.