A deadly construction accident in New York City claimed the life of a 30-year old worker at a jobsite at 152 East 87th Street late last month. The tragic fall from heights in Manhattan happened around 9:30 on the morning of December 23rd-just two days before Christmas. Reports show that the victim, Mahamoudon Marega (a resident of The Bronx), died after falling into the basement of the building.
EMTs arrived and rushed Marega to Lenox Hill Hospital suffering from severe head trauma-though it was unclear at the time if he hit his head before, during, or after the fall. However, those injuries were far too severe to treat and he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Department of Buildings issued a full stop work order at the jobsite and immediately began an investigation into the fatal fall from heights in Manhattan. However, an independent investigation found that the sub-contractor for which Marega worked, Highbury Construction, was fined almost $5,000 in 2014 for failing to meet fall protection standards at another jobsite. In addition, the contractor in charge of the entire Manhattan jobsite, Noble Construction Group, was fined in March of this year for a similar violation in Flushing.
Guy LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York called the greedy New York City developers “careless” and said they often acted without regard for construction worker’s lives.
Under the New York Labor Law, the property owner and general contractor in charge could be absolutely liable for a worker’s injuries, medical expenses, lost wages from the time of the accident into the future and more because of a failure to provide the proper safety equipment at the jobsite.
If you’ve been injured after a fall from heights in New York City, contact an experienced New York City construction accident attorney today. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 80-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.