A young construction worker was the victim of a wall collapse at a Brooklyn construction site. Fernando Vanegas, an Ecuadorian immigrant, died after a retaining wall fell and dumped piles of cinder blocks on him and two other workers. The two other workers were severely injured.
City officials found that safety precautions were not taken before excavation work began at the construction site. The area that Vanegas was working near had not been properly supported, causing the dirt and building material to collapse into the space where the workers were.
Vanegas’s mother told officials that he often told her about “close calls” he had at the construction site, reported the New York Times. The building owner was given several warnings, dating as far back as last August, citing violations of safety codes. The building was also known to have structural problems.
New York has been plagued with unsafe construction sites and rising instances of subsequent worker injuries. If you or someone you know was injured or was a victim in a construction accident, contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057 today to speak with a member of our team.
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