Every day in New York City, hundreds of construction workers are working high above the city streets on thin strips of scaffolding held up by a few bolts and metal cables. Most of the time nothing goes wrong, but when it does, these scaffolding accidents in New York can turn dangerous and deadly in a heartbeat.
Earlier this month 5 men working on scaffolding in Upstate New York were tossed from under the deck of the Route 149 Bridge in Kingsbury into the Champlain Canal. One of those men, 41-year old Rahssan Smith, was killed. Rescuers recovered his body nearly an hour and a half after he first plunged into the chilly 40-degree waters.
The men were employed by Department of Transportation and were in the process of painting the Smiths Basin Bridge when the fatal scaffolding accident in New York occurred. OSHA investigators were called in to pinpoint a cause for the accident. If a cable snapped, dropping the platform, they will try to discover whether the cable was improperly maintained or secured. The scaffolding company and general contractor for the project could be found liable for the injuries suffered by the 4 survivors and Smith’s unfortunate death.
But victims do have legal options available to them. An experienced New York scaffolding accident attorney can help injured workers and the family members of those killed in falls recover financial compensation for their losses. In many cases, the New York Labor Law holds property owners and general contractors absolutely responsible for scaffolding accidents. The claims under the Labor Law would be for injuries, unpaid medical and rehabilitative care and lost wages into the future. Additionally, surviving spouses and dependents can seek settlements and awards for the loss of financial support caused by the death of the family’s breadwinner and funeral expenses.
The experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyers at the Law offices of Nussin S. Fogel have the experience to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to schedule your free consultation without any further delay .