A bizarre roadway construction accident in New York City in late May ended with a woman being treated for a cut from a buzz saw. The accident occurred in Manhattan near the busy intersection of 28th Street and Ninth Avenue as construction crews were working on the roadway surface.
Crews were in the process of repairing a broken water main when a buzz saw blade somehow broke free from the saw being used by a worker to cut through pavement. The three-foot wide blade flew through the air, travelling early 100 feet, missing pedestrians by inches. The blade eventually came to rest but not before striking an unnamed woman and cut her leg. The woman, who was treated and released, was taken to the hospital to have her wound tended to.
Construction workers at the site halted work and investigators from the city’s Department of Design and construction were called in to determine exactly how this potentially deadly accident occurred. Every bladed tool in use by the subcontractors at the site was inspected for safety before work was allowed to resume.
In a bizarre twist, the construction accident was caught on security camera and circulated widely across the Internet. In the video you can see the saw blade (a dark circular shape) fly through a crowd of pedestrians at head-height before dropping and striking the woman, who then collapses on the sidewalk. One witness recalled the incident as something “out of a horror flick.”
Workers aren’t the only individuals who have to worry about construction accidents in New York City. One of the most common type of injuries sustained on an around job sites in the city are those caused by falling objects (such as tools, materials, and debris).
If you or a loved one has been injured by roadway construction work, contact a New York City personal injury attorney 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.