A construction accident in New York late last month was a close call for workers refurbishing an apartment building located at 235 West 79th Street. A parapet on top of the roof collapsed, sending tons of brick tumbling got the ground below. The bricks smashed through a scaffolding set up to give workers access to upper levels and rained down on a cordoned-off area around the side of the building. Parts of the scaffolding also became unsecured and fell as well, adding to the dangerous projectiles. The falling objects finally smashed through a shed on the property but thankfully no one was injured.
It's unclear what caused the bricks to tumble of the roof but a Department of Buildings investigation has been launched. In addition a Stop Work Order was issued.
This accident could have been much worse. Objects such as tools and materials falling from above are one of the top five killers on construction sites. Many times protective barriers are either ignored or aren't put up in the first place and unsuspecting workers are in the path of the high-velocity missiles.
Even non-fatal accidents of this type can have life-altering effects because traumatic brain injuries are much more likely in the case of an object falling from above. Such injuries can leave individuals paralyzed, with disabilities, and may require months or even years of therapy in order to regain some semblance of normal life.
The New York Labor Law protects injured workers from these very kinds of accidents and holds the general contractor for the construction project and owner of building/premises completely responsible. If the accident was proximately caused by a violation of the New York Labor Law, injured workers can recover for past and future lost wages, unpaid medical and hospital expenses and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in New York City, contact an experienced and knowledgeable construction site accident lawyer immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights. You will see the difference that knowledge and experience makes.