New York City’s skyline is changing at an unprecedented rate. Over the past 11 years, real estate developers built 13 high-rises in Manhattan. Today, there are 15 high-rises under construction, and another 19 are pending approvals. The list of new buildings consists of both residential and commercial towers, and includes the proposed 1,323-foot tower at 2 World Trade Center.
For construction workers and tradesmen in New York City, the high-rise boom means new job opportunities. High-rises are extraordinary feats of engineering and design that require trained and skilled workers. For many construction workers, it is a proud moment to be able to say that you played an important role in making New York City what it is today.
Unfortunately, new high-rise job opportunities carry risks as well. These days, news outlets are regularly running stories about construction workers who have died after falling from heights or needed to be rescued after suffering serious injuries on the job.
Top Risks for New York City High-Rise Construction Workers
All construction sites present numerous safety risks for workers. Working on a high-rise enhances these risks – not only because of the heights involved, but because of the immense amount of materials and large number of workers crammed into the construction site as well. New York City construction sites can be hectic places, and from trip hazards to a lack of safety precautions, workers in all trades and occupations often walk a fine line between going home safe and suffering a life-threatening injury.
Some of the risks carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, glaziers, truck drivers and other high-rise construction workers face on a daily basis include:
Falling from Heights
For obvious reasons, falling from heights is one of the most dangerous risks on high-rises under construction. However, despite these risks, many construction companies and contractors do not take the steps necessary to protect their workers from serious and fatal construction site accidents. These companies can often be held financially responsible for high-rise falls resulting from:
- Faulty scaffolding
- Lack of temporary safety railings
- Inadequate access to harnesses and other safety equipment
- Lack of training and supervision
- Being struck by debris, materials or other workers
- Other safety-related issues
Other Common Safety Risks
In addition to fall risks, high-rise construction workers routinely face a number of other job-related dangers as well. These include things like:
- Electrical shocks and burns
- Falling objects
- Machinery and equipment accidents
- Truck accidents (including unloading and backing-up accidents)
- Inhalation of particles and chemicals
- Getting pinned or caught between building structures and materials
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed working on a New York City high-rise, learn about some important steps to take to protect your legal rights.
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If you would like more information about what to do after a high-rise construction accident in New York City, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. For a free, one-on-one consultation, call our offices at (212) 267-8222, start a Live Chat, or tell us about your accident online today.