On June 1, 2021, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) initiated a citywide ” Zero Tolerance ” enforcement campaign for construction safety.
The Zero Tolerance Safety Sweep Results in Thousands of Violations
On September 13, 2021, the Department of Buildings released the results of the Zero Tolerance safety enforcement sweeps. The outcomes were astounding. Over 3,600 safety violations were issued to site safety professionals and contractors for failing to maintain safe work sites during the three-month safety sweeps. In addition, the DOB issued 1,499 Stop Work Orders to New York City construction sites.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of regular enforcement and development inspections conducted each year, the sweeps were conducted. The results of construction safety inspections by borough were as follows:
- 1,645 sites were visited, 978 violations were found, and 545 Stop Work Orders were issued.
- 722 sites inspected yielded 365 violations
- 144 Stop Work Orders issued
- 2,757 sites were visited, 1,252 violations were noted, and 425 Stop Work Orders were issued.
- 1,929 sites inspected 934 violations issued 339 Stop Work Orders
- 390 sites were visited, and 137 violations and 46 Stop Work Orders were issued.
The inspectors visited 2,814 construction sites for new buildings and 4,193 construction sites for alterations. In addition, they visited 436 sites of demolition. The majority of violations and Stop Work orders were issued at rework sites.
Filing Claims Related to New York City Construction Accidents
If you are injured on a construction site in the course and scope of your employment, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation for damages if a third party files a claim.
While most workers cannot sue their employers for on-the-job injuries, injured workers can sue third parties in certain circumstances. A worker may have a claim against an employer if the employer’s intentional violation of safety regulations causes injury or death.
Accidents on the job site can result in severe injuries and permanent impairments. Therefore, injured construction workers must receive the full compensation to which they are entitled in order to recover and cope with their injuries.
Causes of construction accidents include:
- infringements of safety regulations
- Defective and unsafe construction equipment
- Accidents involving ladders and scaffolding are prevalent.
- Objects falling on construction sites
- Inadequately maintained machinery, tools, and equipment
- Crane accidents
- absence of safety equipment
- Construction collapse and trench mishaps
- Inadequate oversight, training, and communication
- Workplace fires, electrocutions, and explosions
The laws of New York City impose liability on parties who control construction site safety. If these parties violate these laws, they may be held financially liable for any resulting damages. In addition to a workers’ compensation claim, a New York City construction accident attorney reviews your case for free to determine if you have a third-party claim or personal injury claim.
Fair Compensation for Construction Accidents
A workers’ compensation claim provides wage replacement benefits, medical expense reimbursement, and death benefits. However, it does not fully compensate an employee for all losses.
However, filing a personal injury claim can result in additional forms of compensation for construction workers who have sustained injuries. An employee may be compensated for:
- Current and projected medical costs, personal care, and nursing care
- Home care, physical therapy, and medical device expenses
- All lost wages, including future income losses and diminished earning capacity
- suffering resulting from emotional distress and physical injuries
- Loss of life satisfaction and life quality
Engineers, property owners, architects, contractors, manufacturers of defective products, and subcontractors may be responsible for your damages. In contrast to a workers’ compensation claim, negligence and fault must be proven. An attorney for construction accidents collects evidence to prove the legal elements of a personal injury claim.
Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm
Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.