Asphalt Green is a massive multi-use sports complex and recreation center in New York City. The athletic complex has been near a construction project for awhile, but the project hasn’t been going off as perfectly as many intended. Recently, a jackhammer chisel crashed through a window and injured one worker. This incident raised concerns about the safety of the project, as well as the potential dangers that kids were being exposed to as they played at Asphalt Green.
In a city as big as New York, there are bound to be myriad construction projects going on at any given time. These construction sites present many dangers not just to the workers on the site, but the people who are around or near the site.
Construction projects always present dangerous conditions. There may be uneven terrain in or around the site. There may be powerful machinery being used to lift, move and place heavy materials. There may be precarious situations that construction workers have to deal with because the project requires them to work at tremendous heights. Or, the project may involve any combination of these factors — and then some.
Because of these dangerous conditions, construction companies have a duty to uphold strict safety regulations to protect their workers and the innocent people who may be near their construction site. When these companies fail to uphold their safety rules — or when workers negligently disregard some basic rules — there can be huge amounts of liability at stake. Workers or innocent bystanders could sue under a personal injury claim.
Source: Capital New York, “Construction accident at Asphalt Green renews safety concerns,” David Giambusso, July 9, 2014