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New York Construction Worker Death Toll Up from Prior Years, Options for Louisiana Construction Workers Injured on the Job


When we read about construction worker and other worker deaths in the news, we often see numbers, data, and statistics, but we often fail to pause and think about the actual workers who have tragically passed away on the job. That fact makes this statement by Charlene Obernauer, the executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health more important than ever: That each workplace death involves “a worker who had a family, who was a loved one in their community, who lost their lives.” Obernauer went on to say of workplace accidents that “Every single time it does not cease to amaze me how preventable these injuries and fatalities are, and how every single one is connected to a worker who has a story, who’s had a full like before that moment, when their life was put to an end as a result of unsafe construction sites.”

Obernauer’s comments come on the heels of a new report detailing the most recent data concerning construction worker deaths in New York. According to the recent report, a total of 24 construction workers died on the job in New York City in 2022, up from 20 deaths in 2021. The most recent data suggests that construction worker deaths are up to where they were before the COVID-10 pandemic, at 11.5 worker deaths per 100,000 workers. The study also revealed another telling data point when it comes to construction worker safety: of the 39 construction worksites that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated after a construction worker death in 2022, 90% of the workers were not unionized. In sum, construction workers, particularly those that are not part of a union, are at a high risk of being injured on the job, and are also at risk of being involved in a fatal workplace accident.

Rights and Options for Construction Workers in Louisiana – Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Workers

In Louisiana, when most workers, including construction workers and other workers, are injured on the job and are unable to work, Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits are available to help keep them on their feet financially so they can heal from their injuries and return to their regular jobs. Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits may include wage replacement compensation, medical expense reimbursement to treat the workplace injury, and other important benefits under Louisiana workers’ compensation laws. In addition, certain dependent family members of those workers who have been killed on the job may have rights and options under Louisiana workers’ compensation death benefits laws. Of course, in order to determine whether you may have a case for Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits or workers’ compensation death benefits, it is important to speak to an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyer about your rights and options.

The experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your workplace injury and to see if they can help you get workers’ compensation benefits due. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today and speak to a lawyer about your case for free.



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