New York City is well known for its architecture and skyscrapers, yet building a structure takes skill and knowledge. The slightest misstep in design or its implementation can have devastating consequences, affecting workers, pedestrians, and vehicles nearby.
While there are labor laws in place to protect workers, accidents are still common. Sadly, construction workers face numerous hazards throughout the day.
Mentioned laws state that property owners must provide construction safety equipment to minimize accidents. The equipment includes:
- Braces to provide protection and the tools necessary to complete the construction project safely.
Certain aspects of construction can be a workplace hazard within themselves. Those working in the demolition, renovation, and excavating branches have a higher risk to be involved in a workplace accident.
If you have been involved in a building collapse accident while on the job, it is important to reach out for legal representation. If you are injured, an attorney will help you simply focus on physical and mental recovery rather than dealing with claims.
Building Collapse Causes
There is a number of situations that can cause a building to collapse during construction. Working on sites is inherently dangerous, but with the correct safety parameters in place, accidents can occur less frequently or be avoided altogether.
A building may collapse when the internal load-bearing structures fail. This, as well as other common causes of building collapse, may be due to:
- Excessive construction loading, when the current structure is attempting to withstand a higher load-bearing capacity than it was designed for. This can cause the load-bearing materials and structures to fail, resulting in the collapse of the structure.
- The weakness of temporary materials. Some materials may be temporary or have not yet reached their ultimate strength, such as drying concrete walls or temporary steel and wooden connections.
- Instability. Constructions that are potentially unsafe pose a significant safety risk for the workers. Some issues are overlooked at the beginning of construction and can become an issue later on.
The Importance of Proper Safety Measures
Workplace safety guidelines are just as important as the integrity of the building materials and their permanence to the project. Every employer should follow guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in order to help keep their employees safe while working on the clock.
Lack of relevant safety training or supervision by an inexperienced person can end poorly, as well as negligence towards set rules and protocols. Proper safety measures must always be taken to ensure the safety of construction workers for the duration of the project.
In addition to supervision and training, the correct and appropriate safety equipment needs to be provided to construction workers in order for them to complete the job safely.
Dangers of a Building Collapse
Aside from damage to property, a building collapse can be catastrophic in terms of injuries. Buildings are constructed with incredibly heavy materials such as concrete, steel, and glass, among others. A collapse of these materials can result in extensive injuries and even death. Due to the sheer weight and volume, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries are all incredibly common.
These injuries can temporarily or permanently disable the worker, leaving them and their family under enormous stress. In this state of mind and physical pain, it can be difficult to figure out the next steps.
What To Do if You Are Injured During a Building Collapse
If you are injured during a building collapse, it is incredibly important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The injuries should be addressed and examined to avoid them getting any worse.
It is also important to report these injuries to your employer as soon as they happen.
After doing so, there is a process you are recommended to go through to help your future workers’ compensation claim. Make sure to follow the guidelines to ensure that you will receive the maximum workers’ compensation benefits when the time comes.
Your doctor will need to know the details of your workplace incident. We advise providing any specifics you can put together regarding what happened. This can assist you in getting the best possible treatment for your workplace injury.
A doctor may place restrictions on what you can do at work, or limit the time you can spend doing any particular task until your injuries from the workplace incident injuries heal.
If you are injured during a building collapse, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. It is possible you are eligible for social security disability benefits as well, depending on the severity and permanency of the injury. Social security disability becomes relevant when you or a loved one sustained a disabling injury, whether it is temporarily or permanently.
Laws regarding social security benefits and workers’ compensation benefits can be incredibly complex. Having legal representation and advice throughout the process will help you through and ease the burden of paperwork. With an attorney by your side, you will be able to focus on healing and getting back on your feet both physically and financially, rather than attempting to win compensation on your own.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Shulman & Hill is a premier workers’ compensation law firm in the state of New York. We know from extensive experience that each and every case is unique. People that have gone through traumatic experiences and injuries need representation from caring professionals. We know that a building collapse can be detrimental and complicated to deal with both physically and financially. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will truly look after you and work hard to offer expert legal advice during the entire workers’ compensation claim process.
We help you claim the benefits you deserve and offer aggressive representation in the instance your case needs to go to court. Contact us today for a case evaluation. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have and guide you in the right direction.