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Just how dangerous are construction jobs in New York City?

It’s a warning you’ve probably heard before, but one that is worth repeating: Construction jobs in New York City are quite dangerous for workers.

That warning leaves out some important context. It’s not just that those construction jobs are dangerous – lots of jobs can be dangerous. In New York City, construction is deadlier than any other industry.

What the numbers show

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks workplace deaths. In 2017, the BLS recorded 87 fatal work injuries in New York City, the most in nine years.

Of those workplace fatalities, 22 happened in construction and extraction occupations, which was the highest total among all industries. All but two of those occurred on private construction projects.

Not all workplace incidents result in fatalities, however. One 2019 news report found that while the number of deaths on New York City construction work sites was up 33% compared to five years prior, work site injuries rose a shocking 221% during that same timeframe.

Determining liability

The top four hazards on construction sites are generally:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by an object
  • Electrocution
  • Compression/crush injuries

Oftentimes, workers’ compensation ends up covering some of the damages to the injured worker. There are limits to workers’ comp however, and it may not account for the long-term financial impact.

In some instances, a third party may have been liable. It could be a piece of equipment that failed, or a separate contractor on the site that was negligent. If this is the case, a third-party liability lawsuit may be an option in order to get further rightful compensation for an accident victim. As with all legal matters, determining fault can be a complex process, but one an attorney may be able to help you navigate.

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