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Ironworker Accident Attorneys for the Bronx, New York City

Ironworker Accident Lawyers Located In New York City

Ironworkers expose themselves to many dangers at construction sites. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that ironworkers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation due to working at incredible heights, working outside in all types of weather and working with heavy objects. These dangers, unfortunately, cause many ironworkers suffering serious on-the-job injuries each year, even when the proper precautions were in place.


Union Worker Accidents

Taking Care Of Union Workers Following Accidents

Are you a construction worker who was injured on the job? Are you part of a construction workers union? If so, you can find the help you need recovering compensation for your injuries by speaking with the experienced lawyers at Smiley & Smiley, LLP.


Aerial Lift and Crane Accidents

New York Aerial Lift & Crane Accident Attorneys

Aerial lift and crane accidents generally involve serious injuries and are frequently fatal.

Workers and the families of workers involved in aerial lift accidents should seek immediate legal help following an accident so that:


Ladder Falls

Knowledgeable Ladder Accident Attorneys

Construction workers who work on scaffolds, walkways, ladders and other height-related tools have powerful legal protections under New York's statute Section 240(1), also known as "The Scaffold Law." The New York City ladder accident lawyers of Smiley & Smiley, LLP, can provide results-oriented representation if you, while working on a construction site:


Experienced New York Scaffolding Accident Attorneys

Do I Need A Scaffolding Accident Attorney After An Injury?

In addition to OSHA and general liability law protection, construction workers in New York enjoy legal protection in the event of a scaffolding-related accident by Section 240(1), also known as the Scaffold Law.


Workers' Compensation

Quality Representation In New York City Workers' Compensation Cases

Workers' compensation is designed to help workers who are injured on the job or become ill with an occupational disease that develops during the course of their employment. But what can you do when your workers' compensation benefits don't fully cover your expenses?


Falls From Heights

What To Do When Injured During A Fall At Work

If you were injured by falling from a ladder, falling from a roof, falling through an unmarked opening in a floor under construction or falling from a "cherry picker" truck, you ought to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later. Do not assume that your only sources of compensation after a fall injury will be your health insurance and workers' compensation benefits.


Holes in Construction Site Flooring

Injuries That Occur Because Of Holes In Construction Site Flooring

The facts in every New York City construction site accident differ — but one thing is sure for people who have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries on the job: The injured construction worker and/or his or her family will need compensation to cope with injuries and losses such as the following:


Struck by Falling Objects

Injured by Falling Objects

Were you injured when you were struck by falling objects at a construction site? Did falling materials from a crane or bucket truck hit you on the head or shoulders and send you to the hospital? Perhaps the construction site manager failed to erect scaffolds or netting above where you were working then falling objects struck and injured you. This piece of information may be the key to ample compensation for your injuries — yet you are unlikely to know details of safety rules such as this recommended procedure for protecting workers underneath movement of objects that could fall.


Demolition Accident Injuries

Experienced Demolition Injury Attorney

Demolition activities are inherently dangerous to workers and those passing by alike. Construction crew managers and equipment manufacturers are sometimes held responsible when demolition workers are injured.

A common demolition scenario is when a building is being demolished in order to create a new one in its place. That can be because the building is old, no longer safe, or doesn't suit the current needs of the owner as-is.

By law, construction managers must clear a safe distance around the demolition zone. This is for a few reasons:

  • To ensure smoke or other harmful air contaminants don't pose problems for those nearby
  • To prevent debris from hitting anyone passing by
  • To prevent hearing loss from excessive sound pressure from the blast


A clear case of a demolition accident lawsuit would be where these precautions weren't properly taken, and as a result a passerby, or especially a construction worker, is injured or killed.


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NY Statute Rule 23 (Industrial Code)

Rule 23 lays out a series of different legal requirements for construction.

According to §23-3.2, construction companies must place adequate signage and other methods of notifying the general public that construction and demolition work is going on.

This includes drawing proper attention to wells, trenches, and other types of hazards that may not always be attended.

The manager must also inspect the walls of all adjacent structures to ensure they are strong enough not to be damaged by the demolition. If they aren't, the demolition could cause collapse to those structures as well, and that would definitely injure people.

Under Statute 23, if the construction manager has any reason to believe those adjacent structures are not strong enough, or any reason to believe other aspects of the perimeter might be unsafe, demolition cannot proceed until structures have been fortified and hazards have been alleviated.

As mentioned earlier, Statute 23 also contains provisions for taking adequate measures to contain dust and air pollutants.

How Those Apply To Demolition Accidents

Building a demolition accident case revolves heavily around demonstrating that the construction manager or the property owner did not take the right precautions throughout, and that any injuries sustained were a direct result of that negligence.

That includes both the preparation aspects pre-demolition as well as how the demolition was handled the day of.

While it's a dangerous line of work no matter what, most demolition accidents are the result of corners being cut, someone not paying attention, or collateral damage that likely should have been foreseen.


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