Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people suffer injuries related to construction projects every year, and many of these New York construction accidents involve elevators and similar hoisting devices. Elevators, hoists, hung scaffolds, and false cars present many serious dangers. Those that suffer injuries on these devices may face lifelong disability and even death.
For instance, a recent news report described a tragic elevator accident at a New York construction site. Officials report that a construction site worker fell from the 16th floor of a hospital that is under construction. He took a hoist elevator to the 16th floor, and witnesses reported that they saw the victim fall to the ground. Sadly, rescue attempts were futile as the man died at the scene of the accident.
Construction site elevator accidents can occur while an elevator is under construction or when workers are utilizing it on site. The majority of New York elevator accidents occur because of mechanical or technical failure. In many situations, a defect in the pulley system can cause the elevator or hoist to drop at high rates, causing blunt force trauma or crushing. Similarly, people often suffer injuries by falling into an elevator shaft. Although safety protocols mandate that these areas are marked, the danger may not be marked in some situations, or it may be ignored.
Further, workers and bystanders may suffer injuries if they become trapped in an elevator. Those trapped inside may suffocate or suffer serious psychological damage. Accidents also occur because when the elevator and landing are not leveled or if there is defective wiring. Finally, many tragic accidents occur when workers get caught between elevator parts. These accidents can result in electrocution, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage, and death,
Although some accidents might be unavoidable, many are the result of negligence. Employers and other responsible parties should ensure that elevators and other worksite construction equipment are in proper working order. Further, employers should effectively train their employees about safe practices. Most importantly, construction site managers should not rely on untrained or unskilled workers to repair defective or broken equipment. Instead, they should only utilize qualified electricians and elevator workers to remedy any issues.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New York Elevator Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or died in a New York elevator accident, the attorneys the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel can represent you in your personal injury claim. We have over 30 years of experience handling complex New York accident claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, premises liability claims, defective product claims, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Our firm provides clients with respect, compassion, and aggressive representation, ensuring they effectively pursue the compensation they deserve. Contact the Law Office of Mark. A. Siesel at 914-428-7386, to schedule a free initial consultation. Calling is free, and we will not charge you any legal fees for our representation unless we can help you recover for your injuries.