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Injured in a construction accident? An attorney can help

In a recent post, we examined the disparate rate of fatal injuries between unionized and non-union construction workers in New York City. Today’s post contributes another dimension to the issue of construction worker safety: training.

According to commentators, the underlying discrepancy between union and non-union construction sites is regulatory. Whereas the New York State Department of Labor requires unionized construction workers to pass training programs, non-union employers do not impose the same requirement. Small wonder, then, that non-construction work accounted for 80 percent of fatal construction deaths, despite comprising only one-quarter of the city’s overall construction projects.

Some local leaders want to do something about this safety issue. Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and the chair of the Housing and Building Committee, Jumaane Williams, recently submitted a bill that would impose training requirements regardless of a construction worker’s union or non-union status.

If you are a construction worker and were injured at work, you may not know how to protect your rights. This is especially true for non-union workers, as there is no union representative to provide advice. In both situations, an attorney that focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation law can help you navigate the legal procedures.

New York City construction accidents can produce some of the most serious injuries, but it is usually not in an insurance company’s interest to offer the most generous benefits package to a worker. This is where the work of an experienced attorney begins. An attorney can review the details of the accident and work with your doctors and medical team to fully assess the impact of your injury, as well as a realistic rehabilitation time frame.

Source: New York Daily News, “City Council can protect NYC workers from construction accidents by mandating better training,” Gary Labarbera, Feb. 1, 2017

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