So far, New York has seen twice as many construction-related fatalities in 2018 than the same time frame in 2017. While four people died on construction sites in the Big Apple in 2017, this year has seen eight fatalities so far, according to the NYC Department of Buildings.
As this New York Post article will show, construction, demolition, and scaffold workers continue to be forced to work in unsafe conditions for illegally low wages. New York's men and women in construction risk their lives and health on behalf of the city's economy, and deserve a lot better. There are too many scaffold accidents, construction hole collapses--too many broken and fractured backs and knees and shoulders. Too many deaths. It's time for New York to come to the aid of our construction, demolition, asbestos removal, and scaffold workers!
If you are a construction or demolition worker, and you rig or work on scaffolds or on ladders, or in construction ditches, OSHA has posted a list of the worst hazards you face. Be your own on-site advocate. Make sure that you demand proper safety equipment, and that you work with the very best safety techniques.
The last weeks have been busier than ever, as Elizabeth Rios (Certificate in Latino Labor Leadership from Cornell University) and I have given numerous workshops in Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury laws, and in workers's legal rights to overtime wages, to no less than minimum wage, and to be protected from wage theft and wage bullying. Working people injured in construction, on scaffolds, doing demolition or asbestos removal, or working in restaurants or car washes--whether they injure their back, shoulder, or knee, or need surgery, or just medical treatment--they all have rights and need inside information on the tricks that unscrupulous employers and insurance companies play on people who have not been properly educated. Looking forward to giving many more of these free workshops in the months to come!
I was honored to be asked to teach a class at the Urban Justice Center, on workers' compensation, personal injury, and wages & hours laws. I was assisted by my Chief Paralegal, Elizabeth Rios. The theme of my class was "No Fear!" Too often, workers who have had accidents on the job, who have fallen from scaffolds or ladders, or on construction sites or doing demolition, or who have had other accidents, are intimidated by their bosses into fear of filing workers compensation and personal injury cases. The same goes for men and women who are victims of wage theft, whose bosses refuse to pay legal overtime, or minimum wage, or who bully and intimidate them with other wage abuses.
Mi Paralegal principal, Elizabeth Ríos, asistido a la reciente Foro Cívico de Latinos de la Ciudad de Nueva York en nombre de nuestra oficina, The Klein Law Group. Liz informa que conoció a algunos viejos amigos, e hizo algunos nuevos. Fue un honor para nosotros ser parte de este gran programa, apadrinado por el Instituto de Murphy de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York.