Plumber Accidents Lawyer
Due to the nature of their work, Plumbers face the risk of severe injury every day on construction sites. Unfortunately, the risks involved in this type of work are not always properly considered, by uninformed employers and contractors. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters have one of the highest rates of injuries for any occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plumber accidents can happen at elevated heights, in confined spaces, and even through repetitive movements.
Common Types of Plumbing Accidents on Construction Sites
Plumbers are hurt in various types of accidents and incidents while on construction sites. Plumbers should be aware of situation that can lead to possible accidents and take precautions against plumbing accidents by protecting their ears, eyes, and skin. Many of the types of accidents or conditions in doing this type of work include:
- Slip and Falls – Slip and falls are the some of the most common plumbing accidents on construction sites. Falls from ladders or scaffolds, wet floors and more can all lead to serious injury.
- Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) – caused by latent conditions existing within the makeup of a building.
- Extreme Temperatures – It can be very cold or very hot for a plumber at work resulting in injury.
- Loud Noises – An often-overlooked injury to plumbers, especially on construction sites. Loud noises cause thousands of construction workers to lose their hearing every year. Approximately forty-eight percent (48%) of plumbers have reported hearing loss because of banging tools, noisy pipes, and machines.
- Non-Power Tool and Power Tool Injuries – Can cause broken bones, cuts, and more.
- Trenches – Working in trenches can lead to cave-ins, suffocation, and death.
- Black Mold
- Electrical Shock – Can lead to burns and death.
- Chemical and Biohazard Exposure – Plumbers face exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals daily. Respiratory damage is a common plumbing injury. Plumbers face exposure to lead, mold, asbestos, sulfur dioxide, drain cleaners, solvents and more. Plumbers also face exposure to sewage that can lead to a variety of nasty diseases like E. coli, and encephalitis.
New York Law Protects Plumbers on Construction Sites
New York has very strong laws to protect plumbers hurt on construction sites. New York Labor Law Sections 200, 240 and 241(4) all have appropriate guidelines to help a plumber hurt on the job bring a viable claim. These laws establish strict guidelines for property owners and contractors to ensure a safe working environment. These laws are complex and only experienced attorneys familiar with the New York Labor Laws can protect your rights and help you get the most compensation possible for your injuries. A plumber hurt on a construction site may not be limited have to a Worker’s Compensation Claim and may be able to file a claim under the Labor Law and receive damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other losses.
You Need Our New York City Construction Accident Lawyers
If you are a plumber, steamfitter or pipefitter hurt in a plumbing accident, contact our construction attorneys for a free consultation. The lawyers at Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. have over fifty years (50) of experience in plumbing accident and construction accident law and a history of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements in such construction accidents and plumbing accidents. We recommend you take the time to read our testimonials from our many satisfied clients. We help clients throughout New York City in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. We are proudly Union Strong, and may be reached for a free consultation at (212) 847-5007, or in Long Island at (718) 954-9986.