According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the roofing industry consistently maintains its position as one of the most dangerous types of work. Statistics indicate that roofers experience the third-highest fatality rate of American workers. New York construction workers, such as roofers, who suffer serious injuries should contact an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.
The most serious danger to construction workers, especially roofers, is the risk of falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that nearly 40% of construction worker fatalities involved a falling accident. There are many causes of roofing fall accidents including, roof pitch, inclement weather, debris and slipping hazards, and electrocution. These dangerous angles and weather conditions, compounded with irregular surfaces, make falling accidents more likely to occur. In addition to falling off of a roof, workers may fall through a collapsing roof. This is an especially perilous situation as a collapsing roof often poses a danger to anyone in the vicinity of the roof.
For example, a recent news report described a construction accident stemming from a collapsed roof. According to officials, the construction worker was working on a demolition project when the building began to collapse. Witnesses stated that roof jacks were placed throughout the building. Emergency responders stated that the roof “completely caved in” and surrounded the man. Fire and Rescue workers extricated the worker from the building and transported him to a hospital. Tragically, the man succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.
Business owners, employers, contractors and those in charge of roofing projects should take steps to prevent roofers and bystanders from experiencing serious and deadly injuries such as the one above. Appropriate safety measures can prevent the majority of roofing accidents. Individuals in charge of roofing projects should communicate any dangers on the job site and include safety responsibilities in any relevant contracts. Further, construction site managers should label all roof hole covers and participate in daily hazard assessments to identify potential safety concerns.
Those who suffer injuries because of a defective or dangerous roof should seek medical treatment. In some cases, people decline treatment because the extent of their injuries is not clear. However, adrenaline and shock can mask the severity of a person’s injury. After seeking medical treatment, victims should consult with an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New York Construction Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a New York roof collapse accident, contact the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel to discuss your case. We handle personal injury claims stemming from car accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, and wrongful death. Our attorneys possess the unique skills, experience, and knowledge to successfully represent New York injury victims in their claims for damages. Damages in these cases typically include medical expenses, payments for lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, burial expenses, and funeral costs. Contact our office at 914-428-7386 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.