An early morning construction accident in Williamsburg Brooklyn left a 59-year old veteran construction worker dead. On the morning of December 9th the victim was reported glazing windows on the exterior of the building undergoing massive renovations at the site of the old Domino Sugar Factory when he fell. Witnesses to the fatal fall from heights accident said that the man was on the sixth-story scaffolding erected on the building’s exterior and fell four stories, landing on the second-story scaffolding.
Paramedics arrived on the scene of the Brooklyn construction accident and rushed the man to Woodhull Hospital but doctors could not save the man.
At least one individual at the jobsite said it was likely the victim was not wearing the proper fall arrest gear, saying: “usually when you’re working on the exterior of a building you are strapped in.” While DOB investigators have yet to confirm whether the man was wearing the appropriate safety gear or not, The Daily News cited a “source with knowledge of the case” who “confirmed” the allegation.
If true, this would be just the next in a long list of safety violations at the Domino Sugar Factory jobsite. There have been multiple stop work orders issued by the DOB and at least one other serious injury when a worker fell down an unprotected stairwell. A representative from the developer in charge of the renovation said that none of the open or resolved Department of Building Violations had anything to do with this latest fall from heights at the Brooklyn jobsite.
The loss of a loved one can be devastating for families-especially if that victim was the breadwinner. While a civil lawsuit or insurance settlement can’t eliminate a family’s grief, the financial award can help alleviate worries about day to living expenses and long-term support for the family.
If you’ve been injured in a fall at a jobsite or you’ve lost a loved one because of a violation of safety procedures, contact an experienced New York City construction accident attorney today. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122.