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What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents in New York?

It seems like everywhere you go in New York, there is some kind of construction going on. And with this essential work comes serious accidents that can produce injuries (ranging from minor to catastrophic) and sometimes even fatalities. 

If you work in this industry, you are subjected to very dangerous conditions that may be present every time you enter a construction site. Here are some of the most common construction accidents that occur in New York.


Falls are some of the most common injuries that can happen on a construction site. A construction worker can fall from anywhere that is above the ground, but some common examples include falls from a ladder, a scaffolding, a roof, or a chimney. Obviously, the higher the elevation, the more dangerous the fall will likely be, resulting in more severe injuries or fatalities.


While those working in construction attempt to keep the sites clear and organized, places that need work done are inherently congested and unkempt. This can lead to workers tripping or slipping, which can yield several types of injuries.

Accidents Involving Machinery

A lot of the machinery and equipment (such as drills, nail guns, hammers, and knives) that is used on a construction site is inherently hazardous. It’s up to both the employers, supervisors, and the workers themselves to ensure that the machines are in good working order and are used in accordance with the manufacturers’ intended use. The parties in charge must also provide proper training and should not allow inexperienced workers to perform work if they don’t know what they’re doing. However, regardless of how safe everyone is, accidents can happen. The accidents vary, but one of the most dangerous forms occurs when a worker is caught in or compressed by equipment. 

Being Struck by Objects

Other mishaps happen when a worker is struck by an object. This can include being hurt by falling objects, such as getting hit by a collapsing structure, or other heavy objects. Another way that construction workers are injured is when they are hit or run over by a moving vehicle. 


Construction work is typically done on locations near power lines and power sources. This proximity makes it possible for workers to encounter the power lines with their machinery and vehicles, with electrocutions as an unfortunate consequence.  

What Are the Types of Injuries that Occur?

Now that the types of accidents that occur on sites have been clearly identified, you should also be aware of the specific types of injuries that can result from the accidents. Here is a list of some of the more common injuries:

  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Eye injury and vision damage

Discuss Construction Site Accidents with a NY Attorney

Everyone realizes how dangerous construction sites are, and that’s why workers are required to wear helmets and other protective gear. However, even with safety measures in place, people can get hurt. If you need help after being injured in a construction work accident, you can discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. Get in touch with a MOWK Law New York construction injury attorney who can assess your situation and direct you to the next steps. Contact us today.