A man suffered major injuries in a construction accident at a building site in Manhattan while working underground. According to a report on Patch.com, the worker was operating 30 to 40 feet underground at a site on Amsterdam Avenue between West 180th and 181st streets when he was injured. The victim was reportedly unable to get out of the shaft in which he was working. Firefighters had to extricate him. A video of the rescue showed the man being pulled out of the shaft on a backboard.
Major Injuries Sustained
Firefighters used a crane-like device to lift the man safely out of the shaft. Medics rushed the man to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Amsterdam Avenue work zone is the site of a planned 22-story hotel and office development called the Radio Tower & Hotel. The project broke ground in November 2018.
The development is expected to feature retail space, private event space, offices and a rooftop restaurant and bar, Patch reports. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. No further information was available regarding the worker’s condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured worker and we wish him the best for a quick and full recovery.
Construction Accident Injuries
Out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2017, 971 or 20.7 percent were in construction. In other words, one in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (59.9 percent) the construction worker deaths in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 582 workers’ lives in the United States every year.
New York City has seen a significant jump in the number of construction accidents and injuries over the last two years as construction activity has grown citywide. According to the New York City 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 while construction fatalities have doubled. Manhattan had the highest number of construction accidents, injuries and deaths out of the five boroughs.
Construction accidents often result in catastrophic or debilitating injuries for workers. In cases like this Manhattan construction accident where the worker has reportedly suffered serious injuries, healing may take several weeks or even months. In some serious injury cases, workers remain unable to return to work and are forced to find other ways to earn a livelihood, limiting their earning capacity. Construction accidents result in major injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, internal organ damage, broken bones etc.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Construction companies, contractors, property owners 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.
A victim who has been injured in a workplace or construction accident 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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