construction accidents

Each year, thousands of workers are injured or killed at New York construction sites. Although construction companies are required under New York labor laws to inspect each site with safety engineers and implement a wide variety of safety measures, construction workers still face a greater risk of work-related injury or fatality than employees in any other U.S. industry. New York labor laws were enacted to protect construction workers from work site-related accidents--and it’s for this reason that our firm believes that most work site accidents are avoidable and that those not following laws to protect workers should be held accountable.


Construction sites tend to be inherently dangerous places where accidents frequently occur. Some of the most common types of construction accidents that may cause serious injuries and possibly death to workers or bystanders include:


  • Falling objects, including tools, construction materials, and other objects falling from elevated surfaces.

  • Falls from scaffolding, ladders and other elevated platforms and surfaces represent only one type of fall that may occur at a construction site. Tools, cables, wiring, debris and other objects on the ground or on floors may cause a person to suffer an injury by tripping or slipping on the surface or object.

  • Heavy equipment, trucks and other motorized vehicles moving or being used on or around a construction site may cause accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries.

  • Electrocution may occur when a crane or other piece of heavy equipment comes in conduct with overhead or buried power lines. It can also be a hazard for workers digging in areas near power lines.

  • Open or collapsing trench accidents frequently occur when someone falls into an unprotected trench or when someone works in a trench that has not been properly shored up to prevent it from collapsing and trapping a worker.


Accidents occurring at construction sites frequently result in catastrophic and debilitating injuries such as:


  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries

  • Loss of limbs

  • Back and spinal cord injuries

  • Repetitive stress injuries

  • Fractured bones

  • Lacerations

  • Burns

  • Death


Workers’ compensation may pay for your medical treatment and lost wages, but it does not offer compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience. If the construction accident that caused your injuries was caused by a party other than your employer, our office aggressively pursues a claim against the at-fault party for damages unpaid by workers’ compensation.


A serious construction accident and the injuries it causes give you rights and options that may include pursuing a claim for damages against the party at fault in causing them. Let our personal injury attorney give you a free consultation and case evaluation. Contact Alvarez Law, PLLC, for a free consultation today.