The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks injuries in the U.S. and has found that injuries and violence are the leading causes of death in the nation for individuals ages 1 to 44 when compared to other leading causes of death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 it is estimated that almost 3 million individuals were hospitalized due to injuries. Almost one million of these personal injuries required time away from work. Continue reading
A 22-year-old man died at a construction site in New York’s Meatpacking District earlier this spring, according to a DNAInfo article. The young construction worker was part of a crew digging below the foundation of the building on the site to reinforce its support. According to reports, as he tried to climb out of the ditch, dirt fell on him and he was buried up to his neck. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Continue reading
Early one Sunday morning, on Madison Avenue between East 38th and 39th streets, an industrial air conditioner that was being transferred by a crane plummeted almost 30 stories after a cable snapped. Ten people were injured, including two construction workers and eight pedestrians, as a result of falling debris, according to a NBC New York report. Mayor de Blasio, who spoke at a press conference at the scene of the accident, announced the City would be conducting a full investigation as to the cause. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another in a similar situation, contact the most aggressive accident attorneys Brooklyn has to offer. Continue reading
For the third time in less than a year, a glass panel has fallen from the One57 Luxury Condominium building, hitting two parked cars. This piece was reportedly the size of a kitchen table. It fell from the 22nd floor of the 90 story luxury building. It resulted in a partial stop work which was ordered by the City and remained in place until the developer could demonstrate that removal of the temporary plexiglass installations would not cause further danger.
No reports of injuries or deaths have resulted from any of the falling plexiglass incidents. After three occurrences in a year though, it is only a matter of time. That’s why the stop work order was put in place.
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A concrete wall recently fell on and killed a 47-year-old construction worker who had been working at a construction site at a Long Island home.
According to authorities, the worker and two other men had been installing a staircase in a basement apartment that was under renovation in Huntington Station. The workers had built two retaining walls for an outside entrance. When they were in the process of installing steps for the staircase, one of the retaining walls unexpectedly fell and killed one of the workers. Emergency personnel responding to the scene pronounced the man dead at the construction site. Fortunately, the other construction workers did not suffer any injuries.
According to a 2012 report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, construction is one of the deadliest industries for workers. Construction accidents accounted for 19 percent of occupational fatalities in New York. Transportation was the second most deadly sector in New York.
New York construction accidents are far too common and can cause serious injuries. The New York office of OSHA believes that many construction accidents in New York can be prevented by making work sites safer and by enforcing health and safety regulations.
According to a recent report, a jackhammer chisel flew through a window adjacent to an Asphalt Green construction site that also borders a children’s facility where 400 children play outside daily. Current construction at the site involves the installation of manholes and telecommunications equipment. Although members of the community have urged the company to relocate this work or find a safer alternative, work has continued, and a woman suffered cuts and bruises from shattered glass after the chisel flew through the window.
This incident is yet another example of construction companies failing to adequately protect the safety of the environment surrounding their work. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, let the Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum help you understand how you may be able to recover compensation.