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Construction accidents spur discussion of new regulations in NYC

After several high profile fatalities tied to construction site injuries in 2016, lawmakers in New York City plan to introduce new laws to reduce risk. These lawmakers believe that most fatal injuries that involved construction workers in 2016 were preventable. As construction levels more than tripled when compared with the amount of construction in the city in 2009, the rate of construction accidents increased by almost double as well.

Previously in 2016, lawmakers in New York City revised requirements for superintendents, making them necessary for all buildings except one-, two-, or three-story single-family homes. Now, additional laws are being considered to help prevent accidents and deaths on construction sites.

Lawmakers hope to reduce accidents with more education

City Council members in New York City are planning to introduce a package of bills intended to reduce the accident rate among construction workers. These bills include requirements for documentation of training and education, such as the completion of an apprenticeship program for construction workers. Labor unions support the bills, while developers are opposed to them. Lawmakers hope that additional training will result in workers who are more aware of safety issues and careful while working on dangerous construction projects where life or limb could be at risk.

Given that a number of construction worker deaths have involved non-union workers on buildings less than 10 stories tall, these bills could protect some workers. Chances are that workers will continue to be injured on construction sites no matter what laws are in place.

However, with the right laws protecting construction workers, their employers may be liable for injuries or loss of life as a result of their failure to comply with safety regulations. Anyone who is hurt in a construction site accident or who lost a loved one to a construction accident should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Attorneys can help your family after a construction accident

Safety requirements, construction site laws, and employee protections can confuse many people. If you or someone you love experienced a construction site accident, a personal injury attorney who has experience in construction site cases may be able to help. This legal advocate understands the law and case precedents in similar situations. An experienced attorney can review the details of your situation and let you know what legal options are available after a construction accident.

From medical bills as a result of the accident to lost wages or even the cost of a funeral, construction accidents can leave their victims with mounting expenses. An attorney can advocate on your behalf with insurers and can potentially help you recover your medical expenses. The first consultation is free and the advice you receive could be extraordinarily valuable.

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