It's no secret that construction is a dangerous job but any time the pressure to meet a deadline or come in under budget outweighs the safety of individuals accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, that truth was illustrated with tragic clarity late last month as two separate fall from heights accidents in New York City killed two workers in one day.
A construction worker was injured in a scaffolding accident in Manhattan earlier this month while working on the facade of a building in Midtown. The worker fell multiple stories from the scaffolding erected at the site. The accident occurred just before ten in the morning and rescue crews arrived within minutes. Although the injured worker landed on a safety net high up on the building, rescue workers were eventually able to lower him to the 15th floor of the building and carry him down from there.
A terrifying apartment complex accident in the Bronx left an elderly lady bleeding and struggling for her life on the sidewalk in Claremont on July 20th. The 66-year-old was sitting on the steps of her apartment complex, enjoying the afternoon with her granddaughter when several bricks fell from the building and struck her in the head. She collapsed to the sidewalk and was barely responsive-bleeding from several wounds-when rescue crews arrived.
A construction worker was rushed to the hospital after a ladder accident in Queens last month. The unnamed individual was working at a jobsite near 80th Street and Broadway, in Elmhurst, when he fell off a ladder, tumbling roughly 7 feet to hard concrete below. The jobsite is the future home of a 20-story apartment building owned by Friedland Properties.
Shady property owners have been putting tenants' lives in danger and risking deadly apartment complex accidents in New York City. That's the claim levelled against multiple owners and property management agencies by the citizen action group Community & Residents Protection Working Group. Last year, the organization reported that landlords across the city were filing fraudulent building permit requests, claiming that apartments were unoccupied during extensive renovations. Now, the city's Department of Buildings is investigating those allegations.
A new analysis of data concerning construction accidents in New York City shows that small job sites are the most dangerous. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) gathered the latest available information from the period between 2010 and 2014 and correlated the number of construction accidents in New York with various other factors to understand how, why, and where these devastating catastrophes are happening. This effort was, in part, a response to the dramatic increase in construction accident in New York City in recent years-up 53 percent just last year by some accounts.
One man was killed and another injured in a terrible construction accident in Manhattan on November 20th. The two men were part of a construction crew demolishing an older building in Midtown when the building collapsed on top of them, trapping them under tons of rubble. By the time crews were able to extract the two men, one man had already died.
Falling objects at construction sites in New York are one of the most injurious types of accidents that workers face on a daily basis. This is a fact that two men learned the hard way on November 2. The individuals were working with a crew in the basement of a building located at 555 West End Avenue when the ceiling collapsed, trapping them.
A construction trench collapse in New York that claimed the life of a 22-year old worker early this spring has resulted in manslaughter charges for two of the contracting companies that were in charge of the jobsite.
Passersby were shocked by a spectacular construction accident in Manhattan late last month. A multi-ton crane toppled into the city street, crushing a NYPD van in the process. The massive tracked-vehicle, a "Casa Grande" drilling machine, was entering a construction site at West 30th Street and Sixth Avenue when the vehicle rocked backwards, nearly flipping over.