The construction industry is extremely hazardous, with falls at the top of the hazards list. In fact, falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites and annually account for one of every three construction-related deaths. Although there are commonly available methods for preventing falls, the number of construction workers who fall to their deaths has increased in recent years. According to preliminary 2007 fatality data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were at least 442 construction worker fatalities during 2007 as a result of falls. Due to this high injury rate, the legislature in New York has enacted special laws to protect those most at risk.
Our firm has handled many cases where workers were injured or killed in construction accidents. In fact, our firm obtained one of the largest personal injury appellate verdicts ever achieved in Western New York ($21,986,586.00) for a client who was injured in a fall on the job site.* We have represented our clients at the trial, appellate court and Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court) levels.
Through our experience we have come to understand the difficulties and dangers faced by those who work in the construction industry on a day-to-day basis. We also recognize that accidents on the job site often result in severe injuries with drastic consequences for the injured person and their families and we are fully ready to achieve the best results to help our clients recover both physically and financially. At Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP we are equipped with the knowledge to handle cases involving New York’s Labor Law as well as the laws at play in Pennsylvania.
Our track record in construction accident cases speaks for itself. So please contact us if you or a loved one have been injured on the job site and we will be happy to review your case for free to decide if we can help. For tips and information on preventing falls, go to: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/ Remember, work hard but, work safe!