Ironworker Suffers Critical Injuries at LIRR Construction Site
An ironworker working on the Long Island Rail Road construction site in Mineola sustained critical injuries after being electrocuted.
According to officials from the MTA, the accident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 13. The construction crew was working on building a pedestrian bridge over the tracks. At that time, a crane came into contact with high-voltage wires on the site, creating an arc to the bridge that caused significant electrical injuries to an ironworker on the structure.
The worker was transported to the hospital and was listed as in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
The ironworkers’ union requested a stoppage of work to ensure safety moving forward. As a result, all ironworkers were taken off the job at the Mineola site while the MTA began an investigation into the accident.
Seeking compensation after construction accidents
Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries in the United States with regard to frequency of injuries and fatalities. Construction workers enter the job site every day facing significant potential for danger.
It is the responsibility of construction companies and property owners to make sure the job site is sufficiently safe for operation. In addition, manufacturers of construction equipment must deliver high-quality, safe-for-use items that will not enhance the dangers these construction workers already face while on the job.
If you have been injured in an accident while on the job at a construction site, you have the right to seek compensation, be it in the form of a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim against a party you believe to be liable in the case. For more information about how best to proceed, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.