Demolition and excavation workers are exposed to serious work-related dangers, including concealed structural damage, toxic materials, and hidden utility lines. Resulting structural and trench collapses cause numerous construction worker injuries and/or deaths.
Demolition and excavation injuries and/or death, occur due to the following types of accidents:
- collapsing trenches
- collapsing ditches
- calling objects
- unintended contact with underground utility lines
- accidents with equipment, such as bulldozers, backhoes, bulldozers, and drills
- falls into concealed trenches
- falls into floor openings
- collapsing walls which were improperly secured
- collapsing walls caused by load-bearing structures
- exposure to chemicals or toxins
- fire or explosion caused by contact with flammable materials.
Demolition and excavation accident litigation involves an intricate knowledge of New York State Labor Law sections 200, 240, and 241, as well as the NYS Industrial Code and OSHA rules and regulations. At Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC, our attorneys are at the forefront of all types of construction accident litigation, always remaining current on the evolving case law.
Jason Shapiro, founder of Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC, devotes an entire chapter in his textbook, The Lawyers' Guide to Personal Injury Law, to discuss the proper handling of construction accident cases – including demolition and excavation accidents, as well as the myriad of pitfalls for lawyers to beware of. Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has shown its dedication and level of expertise in this area by recovering numerous multi-million dollar awards for laborers severely injured as a result of unsafe conditions at the worksite.