Those involved in utility construction jobs in New York City have an important job, delivering the infrastructure needed to create basic services for residents and businesses. Sometimes, this type of construction work is hazardous, working well off the ground or deep under the earth.
Should you have suffered an injury while performing utility-related construction, it is possible that your accident could have been prevented. If the property owner, a co-worker, or a third party behaved in a reckless or negligent manner that contributed to causing the injury, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and impaired quality of life.
Consider hiring the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., to help with your case. As injury lawyers for utility construction accidents, we will defend your rights, ensuring that those responsible for your injuries are taking your case seriously and are held accountable. We know how difficult an injury like this is for you and your family. We can meet with you anywhere on Long Island or in the New York metropolitan area. For a free case review, call us today at (516) 932-0400.
In This Article
- Types of Injuries Utility Construction Workers Face
- Most Dangerous Accidents for Construction Workers
- Maintaining the Proper Safety Gear and Training
- We Work for You on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Types of Injuries Utility Construction Workers Face
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), utility construction jobs involve quite a few skilled labor jobs in the fields of:
- Electrical power
- Oil storage
- Oil refineries
- Natural gas pipeline and storage
- Pumping stations
Those involved in construction in the utility sector include general laborers, managers, supervisors, and inspectors. Anyone on the construction job could end up with an injury.
Potential Types of Accidents
Often, utility construction involves massive projects and tremendous amounts of heavy-duty equipment. These work conditions can create potential dangers for those on the job site. Some of the types of accidents utility construction workers encounter include:
- Falls from height
- Being struck by falling objects
- Power tool malfunctions
- Negligence from co-workers using power tools
- Being crushed rushed between items
- Accidents with construction vehicles operated by others onsite
- Accidents with non-construction motor vehicles operated by others onsite
- Being the driver or a passenger of a defective e construction vehicle
- Faulty ladders, scaffolding, or rigging
- Malfunctioning safety gear
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Straining injuries from lifting
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From these types of accidents, workers suffer a variety of injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injury, lacerations, tendon injuries, muscle tears, loss of vision, loss of hearing, burns, and back injuries.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be facing the prospect of missing work, leaving you without income. At the same time, you are facing extensive medical bills related to emergency care you needed, as well as ongoing care to deal with whatever conditions you are diagnosed with..
As injury lawyers for utility construction accidents, the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., will help pursue the monetary awards you deserve that truly reflects your injuries and your health going forward. If you were injured anywhere in the five boroughs or on Long Island , call us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free review of your situation.
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Most Dangerous Accidents for Construction Workers
Multiple reasons are to blame when a utility construction worker suffers an injury or death while on the job.
According to the City of New York, 761 injury accidents occurred related to construction within the five boroughs during 2018. Of those accidents, 12 resulted in a fatality. Some of the most common reasons for construction injury accidents in 2018 included:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Struck by equipment
- Excavation work
If you have lost a loved one, please accept our condolences and know that as a client, we will aggressively prosecute a wrongful death claim on your behalf while you and your family deal with your loss. An important goal for us is to relieve you of the stresses of communicating with adversarial insurance companies and defense lawyers, as well as concerns about technical legal filings and deadlines so that you and your loved ones can rebuild your lives. It is our mission to win every dollar you need as a result of your loss along with the justice your departed loved one deserves.
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Maintaining the Proper Safety Gear and Training
Employers and property owners where the utility construction is occurring have an obligation to create and maintain a safe working environment for the construction workers. Doing so involves a variety of items:
- Protective gear: utility construction workers need to be able to have access to required safety gear, such as helmets, ropes, straps, gloves, goggles, masks, earplugs, and boots to protect them, and the gear must be in good working condition.
- Working at height: because utility construction workers often are far above the ground, any ladders, scaffolding, or safety harnesses must be in excellent condition, to prevent injuries from falling
- Training: all workers must have the proper training for using the equipment, tools and gear safely, as improper training will lead to serious accidents.
- Repaired equipment: the employer should be certain that all power tools and construction vehicles have undergone the proper level of maintenance and repair, reducing the possibility of a malfunction that results in a life-altering injury.
- Proper plans: the employer must ensure the workers have an official set of construction plans from which to work, which means that all designs and materials have been approved by engineers for viability.
If the legally responsible party or parties, which may include the property owner, the general contractor, a worker or workers from other trades on the site or other persons,, failed to provide the level of safety or, when applicable, training for workers, and this failure led to the accident in which you were injured, this may be a key piece of evidence in your personal injury lawsuit, as it points toward negligent behavior on the part of those in charge of the utility construction project.
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We Work for You on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Understand that we do not require any upfront fees to secure our services. At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that our fee comes from the final settlement amount. We do not collect unless and until the case reaches a conclusion.
As an injury lawyer for utility construction accidents, we will work hard for you. We will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify all liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
Understand that a statute of limitations exists for filing a personal injury case, according to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules § 214, so you have a limited amount of time to begin the process. Also, because evidence such as video surveillance footage and eyewitness availability is best obtained as soon as possible, the sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the very strongest case possible on your behalf. Contact us for a free review of your case at (516) 932-0400 as soon as possible. Our multilingual staff of English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada speakers are available to answer your questions.
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