When the topic of building construction accidents comes up, many people may assume it is only construction workers who are injured. However, construction can pose dangers to innocent bystanders and pedestrians as well. New York residents are, unfortunately, familiar with the scaffolding structures set up outside buildings all over the city. Also known as sidewalk sheds, these structures are not just a nuisance and an eyesore. They may be hazardous to nearby pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers nearby, especially during active construction.

CBS New York reported on a recent incident involving scaffolding at a demolition site in Brooklyn. In April, a piece of machinery struck a wall at the site, sending bricks onto a scaffolding structure, which collapsed onto several vehicles parked nearby. The debris crushed three cars and covered the sidewalk. Fortunately, nobody was walking in the area or sitting in their vehicles at the time of the accident. It is easy to imagine how the situation could have turned tragic if people had been in the area. The Department of Buildings is said to be investigating the incident.

Construction companies are responsible for protecting their employees and the general public by following safety regulations, properly training their workers and providing the necessary safety equipment. Accidents at construction sites are known to be particularly destructive because of the large machinery and equipment involved. Compensation depends on whether the injured party is an employee or a bystander. Employees may file for workers’ compensation after a workplace injury, while injured non-employees may consider holding the construction company accountable.