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NYC Latino Construction Workers Have Higher Fatality Rate on the Job


NYC Latino Construction Workers Have Higher Fatality Rate on the Job

 Constructions workers are considered to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In New York State, construction workers account for less than 4% of employment. However, construction workers represent 20% of all work-related fatalities according to a recent report released by NYCOSH (The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health) earlier this month. In New York State, 60% of fatal falls investigated by OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Association) were elevation related. Alarmingly, in New York City, 74 % of fatal falls were Latino and immigrant workers and 86% of the Latino and immigrant workers that died from their falls were working for non-union contractors. 


Why is this happening to Latino and immigrant construction workers?  Non-union contractors are more likely to employ Latino and immigrant day laborers.  Medical records of 7,000 Latino construction workers were studied. The results showed that Latinos was 30% more likely than white non-Latino workers to be injured on the job. Lack of the proper safety training required by law is said to be part of the problem. Out of fear of retaliation, deportation and loss of their jobs, immigrant workers are not so willing to report safety violations and speak about the hazardous conditions in which they may be working. Without the proper reporting of violations, fatal accidents will, unfortunately, continue to happen.


The NYCOSH report also found that non-union employers are the least safe for construction workers to be employed. In 2012, out of all the fatal fall construction accidents investigated by OSHA, 79% of them occurred at non-union construction sites. OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” has numerous non-union employers as repeat safety violation offenders on its list. When a worker has a fatal fall at a construction site, OSHA, more often than not, has found that safety violations were the cause. In 2012, elevated construction accidents that were investigated by OSHA in New York showed an astounding 89% were a result of safety violations. More specifically, 68% of these fatalities were violations of safety standards explicitly intended to prevent falls from elevated construction sites.  

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The most common accidents and how to avoid them


Most Common Construction Accidents and How to Avoid Them

It's no secret that construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs. In fact, construction sites have the highest rate of injury in comparison to other dangerous work environments. Just the thought of working hundreds of feet in the air using heavy machinery with nothing but some steel beams between you and the ground is enough to make anyone feel dizzy. Now imagine working in this type of environment knowing the risks involved. Construction accidents may very well be virtually unavoidable, but with awareness and following safety guidelines, the risk of injury can be reduced.


Common Factors in Construction Accidents

Unsteady flooring, heavy equipment, powerful tools and all of the other dangerous elements that are involved in construction, safety needs to be of utmost importance. Being aware of the dangers you could potentially face and knowing how to avoid them can keep you out of harm's way and ensure your safety. Here's a look at some of the most common construction accidents and how to avoid them.

  • Falls - Working at heights that many would consider death-defying, it's no surprise that falls are one of the most common construction site accidents. A fall can result in a broken bone, a concussion or even worse; death. It's vital that sturdy and secure scaffolding is used to elevate platforms in avoiding falls. Installing guardrail systems can also help to prevent falls. Of course, using a secure safety net or a personal fall arrest system can minimize injuries should a fall occur.
     
  • Electrocution - It's not uncommon to find exposed electrical wiring on a job site, and those wires pose a significant risk to the people who may come in contact with them. To reduce the risk of electrocution, make sure that all wires are labeled clearly and correctly. Additionally, making sure that the electricity is turned off and that exposed wires are kept out of high traffic areas to minimize the potential for electrocution.
     
  • Falling Debris - From tools to sheetrock, or even a lunch pail, falling debris is no rarity in the construction industry. This falling debris can result in some pretty serious construction accidents resulting in injuries like concussions, broken bones and even traumatic brain injuries. To limit the injuries from falling debris, ensure that hard hats are worn at all times.
     
  • Faulty Machinery - Heavy machinery is a staple in the construction industry. Without this machinery, completing a job wouldn't be possible. However, despite their importance, heavy machinery can also lead to serious injury. Constructions accidents can be avoided by ensuring workers are properly trained to use it.

Injuries from construction accidents can be reduced with education and proper training of all workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.


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RECENT RESULTS

$450,000

For a laborer who sustained a broken leg because of improperly stacked sheetrock.

$315,000

For a woman who suffered foot injuries resulting from a car accident.

$425,000

 For a pedestrian who was knocked down by a car and required back surgery.

$225,000

For foot injuries sustained by a woman who tripped on a walkway outside of a supermarket.

$150,000

For a woman who was burned by steam from a defective radiator in her apartment.

$125,000 and $175,000

For a couple who sustained back and neck injuries in a car accident.

$100,000

For a woman who suffered multiple injuries when her car was hit head on by a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction.

$100,000

For a shoulder injury caused by a car accident.

$188,000

For an iron worker who injured his Achilles heel when a pallet jack rolled down a ramp at the World Trade Center construction site.

$100,000

For a man who sustained back injuries due to a car accident.

$272,500

For a woman who sustained back injuries caused by a car accident.

$100,000

For a woman who injured her shoulder in a car accident.

$100,000

For a mentally and physically disabled boy who was inadequately supervised while attending a school for special children.


$200,000

Obtained for a young man who slipped and fell on snow and ice at a car wash resulting in a fractured tibia/fibula.

$125,000 

Obtained for a man who sustained shoulder injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

$110,000

Obtained for a construction worker who sustained injuries to his foot as a result of defendant's violations of New York State Labor Laws on the construction site.

$100,000

Obtained for a young woman who sustained knee injuries in an auto accident.

Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.

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The Bongiorno Law Firm represents clients in:

All 5 boros, New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Upstate New York, Monroe County, Broom County, Dutchess County, Ulster County, Sullivan County, Putnam County, Buffalo, Erie, Albany, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

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NOTABLE RESULTS

$13,500,000

For catastrophic burn injuries due to accidental fire in building with electrical violations.

$11 Million

Obtained for a construction worker who sustained an amputated leg as a result of defendants' violation of several New York State Labor Laws at the construction site.

$2 Million

Reached during trial for our client who sustained erectile dysfunction as a result of a fall caused by the fault of the New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

$1.9 Million

Obtained for construction worker whose foot and ankle were crushed when a lull forklift dropped a 2500 lb bundle of rebar onto his leg.

$2,000,000

For a construction worker that sustained injuries on the job when his lower leg was ran over by an excavation machine.

$1,500,000

For a young man that suffered head injuries when his car hit a tree after the car dealership that balanced his tires failed to properly reattach his front tire.

$1,200,000

For a woman that was sexually abused by a police officer in the precinct.

$1,200,000

For a woman who was run over by a car and suffered a broken ankle.

$1,000,000

For an epileptic woman that fell out of a window that the landlord failed to equip with protective bars.

$950,000

For a man struck by an automobile that suffered a fractured leg.

$850,000

For a man that needed back surgery after an automobile accident at intersection with missing stop sign.

$800,000

For a trip and fall accident that caused a fractured leg.

$850,000

For a man that suffered a back injury due to a defective ladder.

Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.