A worker was fatally injured in a construction accident in Midtown Manhattan. According to a WABC news report, firefighters responded to the scene at 1227 Broadway between 29th and 30th streets. Officials said the 24-year-old construction worker was riding the elevator approaching the 33rd floor when he dropped his phone. Police said he was then crushed by a metal saddle that protruded from the elevator shaft. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City Department of Buildings is investigating this fatal construction accident.
Stop-Work Order and Violation
The department issued a statement following this incident calling it “an entirely preventable tragedy.” The department’s statement said: “Construction is a dangerous business, which is why the Department enforces some of the most stringent worker safety regulations in the country, and why all people on a construction site should be alert and fully aware of any potential hazards.” Officials from the Department of Buildings’ Construction Safety and Elevator Enforcement units are conducting an investigation of this incident.
The Department of Buildings also put out a full stop work order at the construction site. The department issued a violation for “failure to safeguard persons and property during construction” and for an unsafe elevator platform. This is the second time in one week that a construction worker has been killed in Manhattan. Earlier, a worker was killed and another was hurt when a wall collapsed on them at the site of a Lower East Side synagogue.
Understanding Workers’ Rights
Construction-related accidents, injuries and deaths in New York City have seen significant increases in recent years. According to the Department of Buildings, the number of accidents increased about 18.4 percent from 2017 to 2018 and injuries rose about 17 percent during the same period. Construction deaths have doubled. Manhattan had the highest number of construction accidents, injuries and deaths out of the five boroughs. Some of the common types of construction site accidents include fall, struck-by accidents, electrocutions and crushed-by accidents. The increase in accidents, injuries and fatalities come as New York City is in the midst of a building boom.
Construction companies, contractors, property owners, managing agents and other parties have a responsibility to make sure that workers have a safe and healthy environment. All workers must not only be provided with job and safety training in a language they can comprehend, but also with personal protective equipment such as fall safety devices (harnesses, safety nets, guardrails, etc.), goggles for eye protection, ear protection, steel-toed boots, hard hats, etc.
Since a large part of New York City’s construction workforce consists of immigrants, it is important for all workers and their families – documented and undocumented — to understand that they are entitled to all these protections and safeguards at work. They are also entitled to compensation when they suffer injuries on the job. An experienced New York City construction accident lawyer will be able to guide them through what is a very complex legal process and help them seek maximum compensation for their tremendous losses.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Workers who are injured in construction accidents may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits, which typically cover medical and drug expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, workers and their families may be able to file a third-party lawsuit for substantial money damages against a number of parties, and thus have two sources of compensation. Third-party claims are filed against parties other than the employer or co-employees and may include general contractors, sub-contractors, building owners, managing agents, construction companies, etc.
If you have suffered injuries 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, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker (an undocumented immigrant) who was injured on the job – one of the highest construction case settlements in New York that year. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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