A construction worker has lost his hand in a horrific work-related accident in New York. The accident occurred earlier this month when the 20-year-old worker was performing repairs at a home in Staten Island. The man was apparently standing on a ladder and seems to have fallen off, resulting in a power saw slicing off his left hand at the wrist.

The construction sector continues to take a heavy toll in worker lives and injuries. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, construction workers were involved in more fatal accidents than any other workers in 2009. In fact, in that year, these workers suffered more fatal workplace accidents than workers in any other industry.

Falls on a construction site are some of the most frequent construction-related accidents. In spite of the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict standards in place for the prevention of fall accidents, every year New York construction accident attorneys come across more cases of workers being injured or killed through entirely preventable falls.

Besides falls, there could be a number of other ways that construction workers have injured on a site. Workers may be struck by falling objects and flying debris. They may be electrocuted from contact with underground or overhead high-tension power lines and may suffer injuries in crane-related accidents. Besides, they may be injured in other accidents that involve heavy construction equipment used on the site. Some of the worst construction accidents involve wall collapses. Most of these accidents tend to be fatal, because, in most cases, by the time rescue reaches the trapped worker, it’s too late.