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Construction Site Falls

Of all the various dangers that exist on construction sites, one of the biggest threats is the potential for workers to fall or be struck by a falling object. In fact, of the 1,000 individuals who are killed on construction sites every year in the United States, as many as 1/3 of these deaths can be attributed to construction site falls. Learn more about this type of accident by clicking here.

Scaffolding poses serious dangers to construction workers

According to some estimates, as many as 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths occur every year because of accidents involving scaffolding on construction sites. While these structures are incredibly helpful and important on construction sites, they also contribute to serious injuries when important pieces slip or when objects fall from scaffolds, striking workers or even passersby below. Learn more about scaffolding accidents by clicking here.

Crane accidents pose significant risk on construction sites

Construction is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in the United States in terms of worker injury and death, but within the construction field itself, accidents involving cranes account for as many as 1/3 of the total accidents that occur. There are a number of factors that can increase both the likelihood and the severity of a crane accident, and unfortunately, many of these factors cannot be mitigated simply because of a trained or experienced crane operator. Learn more about crane accidents by clicking here.

Elevated Falls Remain Serious Work Site Hazard

Despite increasing awareness of the subject, falls continue to be the leading cause of death and injuries on work sites around the country. However, some are taking action to try and minimize these accidents. This year, OSHA is launching a two-week campaign to try and promote workplace safety, called 2015 National Fall Safety Stand-Down. Additionally, states like New York have passed legislation meant to protect workers from elevated falls. Learn more about this important topic by clicking here.

Winter Weather Increases Construction Site Dangers

During New York’s harsh winter months, construction workers frequently find themselves working outside in dangerous conditions. Snow accumulation and the presence of ice on a worksite can significantly increase the chances of a slip and fall accident happening on the job. Fortunately, the New York Labor Law protects workers who are injured on the job when their employers fail to ensure a safe working environment. Learn more about these important protections for construction workers by clicking here.


Construction magnate admits he never inspected 2008 crane collapse

Sixty-nine-year-old New York Crane and Equipment Corp. owner James Lomma, whose machinery figured in a 2008 Upper East Side accident, told the Manhattan Supreme Court on December 4 that he didn’t inspect the ensuing wreckage himself because he was afraid of heights, the New York Post reported.

The accident involved a crane collapse from a height of 34 floors that killed crane operator Donald Leo, Jr., and construction worker Kurtaj Ramadan.

Although Lomma was acquitted of criminal charges in 2012, he now faces charges for being party to the creation of a dangerous work site by knowingly using questionable parts from an untested Chinese dealer.

Leo’s mother, Maria, said she found Lomma’s claims hard to believe, as Lomma owns and flies a twin engine Pilatus jet.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident in New York due to an unsafe work environment or faulty equipment, the negligent party should be held fully accountable for any financial damages you have incurred. Call the offices of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today to learn about your legal options.

Building collapse at Staten Island car dealership kills one

Forty-three-year-old construction worker Delfino Jesus Velazquez Mendizabal died when a section of the mezzanine level inside the Dana Ford Lincoln dealership collapsed at around 8:15 a.m. on November 28, The New York Times reported.

The dealership where Mendizabal was working was located at 226 West Service Road in Staten Island. The New York Fire Department fire officials said Mendizabal had been working with three other construction workers when the incident happened. The other three were able to escape from the building and were not seriously injured in the construction accident.

The New York City Buildings Department cited Formica Construction, Inc., Mendizabal’s employer, for two violations at the site in 2013.

According to court documents, one of the construction company’s owners, Kenneth Formica, spent 16 weekends in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2007 to criminally negligent homicide and told authorities that he knew that a trench he helped dig was unsafe, which ultimately caused the death of a worker who became buried inside it after it collapsed.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York are dedicated to representing the families of victims who have suffered wrongful death due to employer negligence at construction sites. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your legal options.

Protection for workers under New York Labor Law Section 240

New York’s Labor Laws offer numerous protections to workers. One provision, Section 240, also known as “The Scaffold Law,” provides legal protections to workers for injuries and accidents involving falls from elevated platforms. This includes both injuries sustained by a worker who falls from an elevated platform and injuries that occur when an object falls from an elevated platform and subsequently strikes a worker. Learn more about this important protection by clicking here.

Cement subcontractor in fatal accident has history of violations

Park Side Construction, the subcontractor overseeing the cement work at the 37th Street hotel construction project where 27-year-old worker Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian was killed, was revealed to have a history of safety violations, DNAinfoNewYork reported on September 24.

According to federal Department of Labor records, Park Side Construction was given $11,900 in fines in May 27 for lacking safety equipment at a different construction project at 81 Fleet Place.

Vasquez-Galian, of 418 Liberty Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey, died at the scene of the construction site as he was securing the foundation for the 22-floor hotel at 326 West 37th Street in Midtown, New York when a concrete block fell from the building and crushed him.

The city Department of Buildings ordered the construction be postponed because an approach pit – an area that workers use to have space beneath the foundation – was not dug.

Construction is a constant in New York City, and injuries often happen at building sites. If you have been injured on or near a construction site, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, may represent you in the pursuit of financial compensation. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today to learn more.

Concrete slab kills Manhattan construction worker

Fire officials reported that 27-year-old Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian, a construction worker from Jersey City, was declared dead at a Midtown Manhattan construction site after a thousand-pound concrete slab fell on top of him, The New York Times article stated on September 23.

Officials said Vasquez-Galian had been securing the foundations of a building next to the construction zone, which compromised the foundation of the neighboring building. This imbalance caused a concrete slab to fall and pin him at the site. Another construction worker was able to escape the path of the falling rock.

Due to concerns that the building at 320 West 37th Street may collapse entirely, over 100 people were evacuated. The construction site will eventually turn into a hotel owned by Sam Chang’s McSam Hotel Group. The company did not respond to inquiry by the time of the article.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, are deeply sorry for this loss and extend their sincere condolences to the Vasquez-Galian family.

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