A 36-year-old Queens woman was injured after a pipe fell from scaffolding at a construction site and struck her. According to a WABC news report, the 10-foot long metal pipe crashed to the ground from scaffolding in front of a McDonald’s at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. A company called West New York Restoration was building the scaffolding as part of a façade-cleaning project.
Construction workers at the site said one of them lost his grip on the pipe dropping it 18 stories to the ground below. The woman suffered fractured ribs and a neck injury and has been listed in serious condition. The New York City Department of Buildings has issued a stop work order as a result of this incident. The construction company has been cited for other violations here including, failure to safeguard persons or property during construction, failure to report an accident and scaffolding that does not conform to approved plans.
Dangers at Construction Sites
In addition to posing significant dangers to construction workers, construction sites also present a number of hazards to passersby. Any time a bystander is injured in a construction accident, a number of questions must be asked. What caused the incident? Were the workers acting carelessly or in violation of safety standards? Did the construction company or contractor take all the necessary precautions to ensure that passersby were not in danger? Were the workers adequately supervised? These are just some of the questions that must be answered in order to determine precisely what occurred and why.
Compensation for Injured Victims
In cases where bystanders or passersby are injured as a result of construction activity, injured victims can seek compensation for damages from the responsible party. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
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Source: ABC Local
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