New York Tunnel Worker Injuries
From subway tunnels to roadway tunnels to utility tunnels, the ground beneath New York City is a maze of tunnels abuzz with activity at all hours of the day and night. But such extensive subterranean infrastructure requires constant maintenance and upkeep, and the workers called upon to work in tunnels face a wide range of dangers. Exposure to dust, gasses, dampness, automobile exhaust, and tiny airborne particles can wreak havoc on tunnel workers’ health, not to mention the dangers of tunnel collapses, falling debris, electrocution, and being struck by trains or automobiles. If you or someone you care about has been injured working in a tunnel, you may want to consider speaking to a New York tunnel worker lawyer about your options for compensation.
Common Accidents Among Tunnel Workers
Building and maintaining tunnels is extraordinarily dangerous work involving blasting, drilling, excavation, and pouring concrete in environments that are often dark, damp, and dirty. Construction accidents and injuries can easily arise due to a variety of factors, including:
- Lack of proper safety equipment or defective safety equipment
- Insufficient training
- Violations of safety regulations
- Falling debris
- Tunnel collapses
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding
- Slipping and falling
- Heavy machinery accidents
Such accidents can result in severe injuries, including crushed and broken bones, amputated limbs, traumatic brain injuries, burns, electrocution, and, in extreme cases, death. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure safe working conditions for their employees. When they fail to do so, their employees can suffer. Contact our New York tunnel worker lawyer today if you’re ready to take legal action.
NY Tunnel Workers Face a Unique Risk of Respiratory Illness
Even in the absence of catastrophic physical accidents, tunnel workers face an insidious threat. One of the most common occupational illnesses among tunnel workers is lung illness, specifically silicosis. Silicosis is a debilitating and often fatal lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, a common mineral found in sand, quartz, and other types of rock. It is particularly prevalent among workers in the mining industry and tunnel construction workers. When workers breathe in silica dust over an extended period of time, the tiny particles can cause lung inflammation that can lead to the formation of lung nodules and scarring, known as pulmonary fibrosis. Over time, lung capacity decreases and can lead to Progressive Massive Fibrosis — a severe scarring of the lungs that can make it difficult to breathe and lead to many other health problems, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD can result in difficulty breathing, cough, mucus, and wheezing, and its sufferers are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
Contact a New York Tunnel Worker Law Firm for Help After an Accident
If you or someone you care about has been injured through work in a tunnel, you may be entitled to compensation through a variety of legal options, including workers’ compensation and third-party claims. For more information about the options available to you, please contact a New York tunnel worker lawyer at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco by using our online form or calling us at 877-693-2529 (New York City), 516-745-5666 (Garden City), 631-582-3700 (Ronkonkoma), or 631-399-0400 (Shirley/Riverhead).