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Why are people injured or killed in construction accidents?

In New York, it seems like a construction worker is hurt on the job every week. They are seriously injured and sometimes the accident leads to their death. Innocent people who are simply trying to walk by the construction site are injured as well. For instance, in February, a woman was hit with a piece of plywood that blew off a fence at a construction site and she died.

In the months of July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, 211 innocent people were injured in construction accidents. Six deaths occurred in the same manner within that time period. In the first six months, a total of 125 people, both construction workers and people walking near the site, were injured. Four people died during those months.

This proves a 13 percent increase from fiscal year 2013. Only 187 people were injured and five died in that year.

The Mayor's Management Report from that year states that the reason for the uptick in deaths and injuries at construction sites is due to an increase in building overall. There was a 35.1 percent increase in building permits this year.

Workers falling is the major reason for construction workers' accidents. The Department of Building data says that there were 144 injuries due to falling and nine deaths attributed to the same occurrence.

Falling happens when a worker is climbing a ladder, leaving a lift of tripping over construction material. Sometimes, material falls on a worker or the support that the worker is depending on gives way, causing a fall.

When you fall or are injured at a construction accident, you may be confused and injured and probably need advice on what to do next. Seeing a doctor is necessary and calling in an attorney may also be a good idea. You may need someone who can deal with the insurance company and the civil court suit that you can file.

It is important to be aware that you could be injured very easily on the construction site and to be on alert, preemptively, for danger.

Source: Capital, "Capital Data: Construction injuries in New York City," Brendan Cheney, April. 08, 2015

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