Construction work is a well-paying career. This is due to a number of factors. First, there is a substantial risk of injury, even death, to those who work on construction jobs. That is particularly true for buildings over one or two stories. Secondly, construction work is critical to the safety of others, so the need for quality work is critical in construction jobs. Finally, there are often highly skilled positions, such as welding, that require additional training and certification. For those with nerves of steel and the ability to work with their hands, construction work can be a great career.
Unfortunately, people are regularly hurt or even killed while working on construction jobs. New York City has had a rough few years for construction workers. Deaths and injuries have been so high that the City Council is now considering new rules and laws impacting buildings fewer than ten stories to better protect workers. Hispanic workers, in particular, are at increased risk of injury on the job.
Why are Hispanic workers at greater risk?
There are number of factors that contribute to the higher fatality rate for Hispanic construction workers. One of them is the fact that immigrants are less likely to have certifications, meaning they are more likely to work on shorter, but still dangerously tall, buildings. Current construction safety laws typically apply to buildings ten stories or taller. However, a fall from a three or four story building could easily prove fatal. Companies that are willing to cut corners and don't invest in safety precautions on work sites are also more likely to hire untrained or undocumented workers as a means of saving money.
Additionally, young Hispanic workers are often assigned the most difficult and dangerous of positions. Particularly if they are undocumented, their employers tend to think that they should simply be grateful to have job. This can result in a disregard for their safety and well-being. After all, reporting a work site injury could result in legal action and the involvement of immigration services. If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
An attorney can protect you after a workplace injury
It can be terrifying to lose your source of income at the same time you are incurring major medical expenses. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney can help ensure you receive the workers' compensation coverage you deserve. Your attorney can review settlements, negotiate on your behalf and even file a civil suit if your employer is responsible for the injury you suffered.