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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fatal Queens Construction Accident

It is fairly well known that construction jobs are very dangerous. Various types of construction related jobs can be found on lists of top 10 most dangerous jobs due to the number of injuries and fatalities regularly suffered by those that work in the field.  This is one of the reasons there are so many strict safety rules and regulations put in place in the construction industry. When these regulations are not followed it leads to an even higher rate of injury and death.

Construction Site Violations

One example of construction sites not following proper safety procedures with disastrous results has just occurred at a Queens construction site. On Tuesday, March, 13, a 34-year-old man was killed when he was crushed against a wall by a forklift. He died at the scene of the accident.

The brother-in-law of the deceased worker stated that he had been told numerous times by the worker that he was concerned to go to work because of how dangerous it was to work there. In fact, since September the jobsite had received several safety violations and stop work orders. The man is survived by his brother-in-law and two sisters who live in Jamaica, Queens.

Work Site Violations

The construction site was for a luxury high rise building by the Chetrit Group. The records show some of the violations and stop work orders included a partial stop work order on Sept 27 after a worker fell one floor down from collapsed plywood. A full stop work order was issued on December 7 for construction not conforming to plans for demolition. Two other stop work orders were issued in December and there are currently 37 open Environmental Control Board violations. 

If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site and want to pursue a construction accident lawsuit, contact us at:

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Do We Have Construction Safety Week?

Construction has been around for centuries, from the building of the pyramids to today's modern and beautiful buildings and connecting highways. As construction evolves so does the need for safety on the construction sites. However, as notes many serious workers have suffered serious injuries on the job and this leaves room for improvement in the industry.

Origins Of Construction Safety Week

The need for change in safety awareness came to light in 2014, when numerous deaths were reported on construction sites in the New York area. More than 60 national and global construction firms came together and created the (CISI ) or The Construction Industry Safety group and the (IIF) Incident and Injury Free Forum, and together they created the first U.S. Construction Safety Week, which is held during the first full week of May since 2014.

The Reason Behind The Week

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2015 there were 937 deaths in the construction industry. Overall roughly 150,000 people are injured yearly in construction site accidents. The BLS construction industries "Fatal Four" statistics showed:

Falls — 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction in CY 2015 (38.8%)
Struck by Object - 90 (9.6%)
Electrocutions - 81 (8.6%)
Caught-in/between* - 67 (7.2%)
(*This category includes construction workers killed when trapped or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)

With the statistics like these, it is apparent that safety on the job site needs to be at the forefront of every company.

Mission Of The Week

The creation and activities surrounding Construction Safety Week encourage employers and employees to take their safety and the safety of their co-workers into their hands, by bringing together as many construction companies as possible to focus entirely on safety on the worksite, also making sure that while shaping America they also make it home safely to their families

Construction Safety Week Events

During Construction Safety Week, companies stop production to have safety meetings and events; the events are not mandatory. However, workers are encouraged through incentives to join in and focus on one of the most important things in the construction industry which is safety not only for themselves but also their co-workers.

During Construction Safety Week sites from all over hold training sessions, seminars and participate in emergency action drills and inspections. Fun activities such as safety games, scavenger hunts, and lunches are used to encourage participation in this week long event.

Participation Grows

In 2015 there were 40 companies that sponsored Construction Safety Week. In 2017 there were 58 companies and at least 25 alliances with groups such as OSHA, NAOSH, and CCS to name a few. Along with these alliances, there are several large insurance companies that are also getting involved in this movement. Everyone is encouraged to join in, and together they hope to change the status quo.

If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site and want to pursue a consutruction accident lawsuit, contact us at:

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Leggings Becoming A Product Liability

Though leggings are something that women have worn for years, there is now controversy surrounding them. This is in light of at least one recent lawsuit against clothing brand LuLaRoe. You may now be worrying that any leggings you own may cause you problems.

One unidentified customer in Oregon reported that three or more pairs of leggings she purchased from Lula Roe had developed holes in the back of them. As a result, a class action lawsuit was brought against LulaRoe in an attempt to get the company to stop selling their leggings in the state.

Defective Leggings Lawsuit Details

The plaintiff in the case stated that she had purchased several leggings at $25 each. Every pair she purchased allegedly wore out very quickly. According to the plaintiff's attorney she requested that the company refund her money for the defective leggings and the refund was denied because she had worn them. Details of the lawsuit include other complaints from customers that had the same experience.

Many unhappy consumers have joined the LuLaRoe "Defective/Ripped/Torn Leggings and Clothes" claims on a Facebook group that over 25,000 people joined. It has been reported that the company refuses to respond to their unhappy and dissatisfied customers. According to those unhappy customers the company is well aware that they are known for using weak fabric that can easily be ripped and that the weakest part of their leggings is the part that covers one's rear end. There have been many reports that LuLaRoe leggings often suddenly form holes when consumers are wearing them out in public.

The company's response to the woman who brought this lawsuit was that the leggings are subjected to a brushing process that softens the fabric. Unfortunately, the same process that makes them softer also weakens them.

Ultimately the woman wants LuLaRoe to pay her court fees and wants a judge to bar the company from selling leggings in Oregon.

If you or a loved one have encountered a defective product and want to pursue a product liability lawsuit, contact us at:

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Common Causes Of Burn Injuries On Construction Sites

Burns are among the most common and painful injuries experienced on a construction site. They can range from moderate to severe injuries and can cause unbearable symptoms such as nerve damage, chronic pain, permanent disfigurement, psychological trauma and even worse- death of the workers. Burn injuries might require costly surgeries, physiological therapies, and in extreme cases psychological treatments.

As a construction worker, you must know your rights and seek compensation through the help of an experienced attorney.

Circumstances Leading To Burn Injuries

Check out some of the incidents that might lead to burns on construction sites:

Fire and Explosions

This can occur when you are exposed to open flames such as a welding torch. The burns can also be due to explosions from defective fuel lines, fuel tanks, gas lines, or construction products.

Electrical Exposure

Electricity is the third leading cause of fatalities on construction sites. You can be exposed to overhead power lines, faulty (exposed and incomplete) wiring, or unmarked electric hazards. Furthermore, you might be working around high-powered machines or high-voltage equipment that poses electrical burn risks.

Scalding Liquids and Steam

You can sustain burn injuries if you are exposed to liquids at high temperatures or vaporized liquids (steam). Such injuries can result in pain, redness, and damage to deep layers of the skin.

Hot Solid Objects or Molten Material

According to OSHA, contact with hot objects is one of the major factors that put workers at greater risk of sustaining injuries. Also, at the construction site, you might be working with hazardous molten materials that can cause painful burn injuries.

Harmful Chemicals

Exposure to bases, acids, oxidizers, or solvents, all of which are found in most construction materials can result in injuries. While some chemicals cause instant burns, others react at a slower rate and can cause damage over a longer period.

Contact With Radiations

These are burns caused by exposure to alpha, beta, or gamma radiations. These burns (also known as radiological burns) can cause damage over an extended period. Acute and chronic exposure however requires emergency medical care.

Consulting An Attorney

An experienced and qualified personal injury lawyer is the professional you need to handle your burn injury claims. An attorney will guide you, advocate on your behalf, and offer expert advice on what you can get after a burn injury or death.

If you or a loved one suffered burned injuries on a construction site, contact us at:

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Construction Accidents By The Numbers

It has been documented that each day two construction workers die because of work related injuries in the United States. To be specific, one in five workplace fatalities is construction related. The most commonly reported causes of these construction related fatalities are falls, electrocution, struck-by an object and caught between objects accidents. Below are the statistics of these construction related accidents.

Accident Statistics


Falls account for 36.9 per cent of construction related accidents. What leads to these falls are wall openings, unprotected sides, floor holes and ladders that are not used correctly among other things.


Struck-by-objects account for 10.3 per cent of construction accidents. The name says it all and struck-by-object accidents ted to be caused by vehicles or falling or flying objects on the site.


Common factors of electrocutions on construction sites are contact with power lines as well as a lack of ground fault. Electrocutions account for 8.9 per cent of accidents on site.

Caught Between Objects

Caught between objects accidents reportedly add up to 2.6 per cent. Some of the causes for these accidents are a lack of protective systems and a failure to inspect trench and protective systems.

Other Construction Accident Risk Factors

Other injuries that are likely to occur following one or some of the accidents listed above include:
  • back or neck injuries
  • amputated limbs
  • blindness
  • deafness
  • serious scarring
  • death
An employee needs to be well versed in knowing whether or not to sue an employer or file a workers' compensation claim instead. It does stand to reason that sometimes the owner of the premises, the general contractor or other contractors can be held liable in circumstances where employees have been injured on the job.

If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site, contact us at:

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When Can You Sue For A Workplace Injury?

The general rule when it comes to injuries in the workplace is that only workers' compensation insurance is what you need to pursue. However, this is not entirely true. Workers' compensation can provide some financial relief, that financial relief is usually quite low and issues like pain and suffering are not well compensated for. This is why a personal injury lawsuit is a better option in order to receive punitive damages. Here are some of the situations where you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit for injuries caused on the job.

 Defective Product Injuries

Defective product injuries are classified as injuries that happen because a machine or some equipment is defective, failed to work properly or is inherently dangerous. The manufacturers of the machine or equipment can be held liable in such circumstances if they knew that their equipment was faulty. If the manufacturers did not warn of any possible dangers, they would have to compensate an injured worker for things such as lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An injury due to a defective product calls for you to speak to a qualified attorney about your rights and the right action to take.

Injured By A Toxic Substance

Substances such as asbestos, benzene, chromium compounds, silica, and radium can cause a toxic reaction in workers that makes them sick or cause serious injuries and illnesses. If such injuries or illnesses related to toxic substances can be subject of a lawsuit.

There are two types of injuries that can happen due to toxic exposure and they are acute injuries and latent injuries. Acute injuries are the ones you see immediately and latent injuries can take years to appear and can be in the form of cancers and lung diseases. Acute injuries can include chemical burns and poisonings. When a worker is exposed to toxic substances a lawsuit can be rightfully pursued.

If you have been injured by a defective product or made sick by toxic substances, you can sue your employer with the correct legal guidance.

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Dangerous Construction Equipment

Power tools and construction go hand in hand and they can always be very dangerous on sites. Although power tools are going to be on site, sometimes workers are not fully equipped to use these tools and they can create dangerous situations and injuries for them and other workers around.

Top 3 Dangerous Construction Tools



Chainsaw are as deadly as they appear to be in horror movies and even more probably. Chainsaws are among one of the most common causes of serious injuries on construction sites. They can lead to severed limbs among other injuries. What makes chainsaws dangerous is their size and weight and the cutting saw operating at high speed. All these factors make this power tool very dangerous.

Nail Gun

Yes, just like the name sounds, it works like a gun and fires out nails with incredible force that penetrates inches into hard wood. A lot of injuries on construction sites are also attributed to nail guns and sometimes those injuries happen because the safety mechanism on them can become defective. It is very important that a nail gun is never pointed at anyone on site and extra caution is taken while using one.


Although ladders are not power tools they still need to be recognized for the potential harm they can cause.Whether old, broken, or weak, ladders can give way at any time. A ladder that falls apart can result in major injuries due to a fall. If a ladder is not placed correctly it can easily slip and give way under the person on it. Another dangerous issue surrounding ladders is the type of ladder it is. Metal ladders can be a problem if used while conducting electrical work as it means that any shock received while working will be carried through the metal after passing through the body. Caution does need to be taken when using a ladder.

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