Construction workers’ accidents and injuries can be complex which is why it is important to have a strong understanding of the options available to protect injured workers. While working on the subway in New York, a construction worker was recently trapped 100 feet below street level following a construction accident that left him injured. The construction worker has notified New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that he is pursuing a lawsuit for $55 million in damages. The worker asserts that the subway project is an unsafe workplace. The 2nd Avenue subway project is one of the largest public works projects in New York City history.
The injured construction worker was part of the subway project at the time of the construction accident. The injured worker and another worker were pouring concrete from a large flexible hose at the time of the accident. The worker asserts that the hose was out of control and struck him, lacerating his leg. He noted that when he awoke, he was covered in concrete and had blood coming from his head as well.
The project has reportedly been issued 18 safety violations in recent years and the prospect of OSHA issuing a violation in relation to this accident may be possible according to a representative for the injured worker. Construction workers who have suffered on-the-job injuries may face a variety of physical, financial and emotion damages following a construction accident. Construction injuries can be severe and impact the future of a construction worker who has been harmed in a construction accident.
Because of the lasting consequences that are possible following a construction accident, it can be important for injured construction workers to be familiar with options available to help with damages and recovery. Workers’ compensation and other forms of compensation may be available to assist injured workers and their families following a construction accident.
Source: Eyewitness News 7, “CONSTRUCTION WORKER INJURED ON 2ND AVE. SUBWAY PROJECT TO FILE $55 MILLION LAWSUIT,” N.J. Burkett, Sept. 17, 2014