Workers in New York’s construction industry run a significant risk of crush injuries due to the use of heavy machinery, equipment and materials on worksites. A crush injury, also known as a “caught-in / caught-between injury,” is one in which the whole body or part of the body is crushed, compressed or pinched by or between objects. It can occur on any worksite.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ranks caught-in / caught-between injuries among its “Fatal Four” injuries that are responsible for 56 percent of construction worker deaths on the job. The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index lists injuries caused by being “caught in / compressed by equipment or objects” among its Top 10 disabling workplace injuries.
If you suffered a crush injury at work or in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence in New York, the law office of Powers & Santola, LLP, can help. Our experienced construction accident attorneys are ready to review your claim for no charge.
With offices in Albany and Syracuse, the attorneys at Powers & Santola, LLP, represent accident victims throughout New York State. Contact us now for a free consultation.
Defining Construction Site Crush Injuries
A crush or compression injury occurs when a person is caught between objects or has had a heavy object fall on him or her. OSHA defines caught-in / caught-between injuries as those resulting from a person being squeezed, caught, crushed, pinched or compressed between two or more objects, or between parts of an object. This includes being caught or crushed in operating equipment, between a moving and stationary object (including the ground or floor) or between two or more moving objects.
Common crush or injury hazards include:
- Unguarded moving parts in machinery or equipment.
- Working under suspended loads.
- Unprotected or unsupported trenches and excavations (cave-ins).
- Forklifts and other motor vehicles or mobile equipment.
- Compacting and baling machinery.
- Hydraulic doors.
- Stacks or piles of materials.
Crush injuries include:
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
- Asphyxiation (suffocation).
- Nerve damage.
- Fractures (broken bones).
- Smashed fingers.
Seeking Help After Crush Injury Accidents in Upstate New York
Those in charge of construction sites and other workplaces in New York have a legal obligation to ensure the reasonable safety of their worksite and their employees. A variety of OSHA and New York Division of Safety and Health rules and regulations define the training and safety standards required on job sites.
Workers who have suffered crush injuries on the job are usually entitled to workers’ compensation regardless of who was at fault. In some cases, construction workers may also be able to seek third-party liability damages against another company or another company’s employee if their negligence caused the injury. Powers & Santola, LLP, can help you discover if you are entitled to a recovery beyond receiving worker’s compensation.
Our construction accident lawyers can help you obtain compensation for your injuries and other losses as you work on healing and putting your life back together. Dan Santola, a founding attorney at Powers & Santola, has extensive experience fighting for workers who have suffered catastrophic workplace injuries.
Contact Powers & Santola, LLP, today to schedule a free claim review with an experienced workplace accident lawyer. Our attorneys have successfully pursued claims for workers who have suffered many kinds of work-related accidents at construction sites and other workplaces in Albany, Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York.
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