A man was killed in a construction accident and another was seriously injured after a wall collapsed at a worksite. According to a report in the Queens Eagle, emergency personnel rushed to 147-05 94th Avenue located across the street from the Long Island Rail Road. One worker was pronounced dead at the scene and another worker was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Family Demands Accountability
New York City Department of Buildings officials said the two workers had been involved in the demolition of a three-story building. Officials issued a stop-work order at the site and are investigating this fatal construction accident. The family of the worker who was seriously injured in this incident told the New York Daily News that the construction company should be held accountable.
The article states that the 44-year-old construction worker was left with a broken back, broken hip, fractured ribs and broken leg. His 50-year-old co-worker was crushed to death under falling concrete. Both workers were on the second floor of the structure when it collapsed. Family members said that the construction company used non-union workers and the site was not safe. Authorities are still investigating what caused the collapse.
Critical Protections for Workers
There are a number of reasons why walls and structures collapse in a construction site accident. In some cases, these structures may be built with improper materials or with inadequate design or engineering. There may have been poor communication between the teams working on the project. The wall may not have been equipped with proper shoring components. Weather and water issues that weren’t properly planned for may also cause the collapse.
Worker safety is paramount on construction sites and should be a top priority for everyone involved. It is the job of the construction companies, contractors and other parties involved in the project to communicate with one another so they are putting up retaining walls that are strong enough to withstand the conditions at the site. Construction workers, laborers and managers are not safe at a site where a retaining wall has been negligently engineered and constructed.
Injuries from wall collapses may be catastrophic or even fatal. Some of the common injuries, depending on the nature and circumstances of the wall collapse, include head injuries, spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones, internal organ damage, etc.
General construction companies, managing agents, building owners, some contractors and sub-contractors 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 victims 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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