Construction workers across the state of New York are responsible for building and maintaining physical structures. Without their work many people would be without homes, jobs and adequate public amenities. Whether it is road construction, residential construction or commercial construction, these workers risk their lives to ensure that New Yorkers have safe, effective buildings and structures.

The dangers on a construction site come from a variety of different sources. It can be difficult to always understand where the danger lies and how to prevent accidents to construction workers. However, safety on a construction site should be the number one priority for construction companies and crews.

When safety is ignored, many serious construction site accidents can occur. Unfortunately, New York recently saw one of the dangers that exist on a construction site when a construction worker was seriously injured. According to news reports, a 44-year-old construction worker was severely injured recently when a cinderblock fell on him.

Reports claim that the cinderblock fell at least five feet before hitting the construction worker. As a result of this workplace accident, the construction worker was left critically injured. The worker was taken to a local hospital for treatment. However, his condition was unknown at the time of the report.

Falling objects are one of many risks construction workers face on construction sites in New York. When these dangerous workplace accidents occur, construction workers should understand their legal rights. This includes the right to workers’ compensation following serious construction accidents. When an accident occurs on a construction site, these workers may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can help cover everything from lost wages to medical expenses related to the accident.

Source: New York Daily News, “Construction worker injured after cinderblock falls on his head at Brooklyn work site,” Rocco Parascandola, July 23, 2016