A construction worker was killed at a jobsite in Chelsea when a metal bracket came loose from scaffolding and hit him in the head. The deadly construction accident in New York City is just the latest in a long line of unnecessary and preventable “accidents” at jobsites around the city when the safety of workers is not taken seriously.
The 34-year-old victim in this case was working at a site at 61 Ninth Avenue, standing atop a sidewalk shed, when the metal object dropped 10 stories striking him in the head. He was rushed to nearby Lenox Hill Hospital and succumbed to his injuries.
Falling object accidents in New York City are one of the most common (and most deadly) types of accidents at jobsites. Tools, building materials, and (as in this case) scaffolding parts and pieces can rain down from above and put the lives of the workers below in danger. While OSHA regulations attempt to give workers at least some sort of protection, not even the strongest hard hat or quickest reflexes can save a worker in the end.
The Department of Buildings called this latest falling objects accident in Chelsea “completely preventable” and said they were taking disciplinary action against all parties involved. DOB inspections records show that his jobsite already faced multiple code violations last summer-some of which stemmed from unsafe scaffolding. Indeed, there were at least two partial stop work orders issued at the site within the last year.
If you’ve been injured at a jobsite in NYC or you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal mishap, you need an experienced New York City construction accident attorney fighting for you. A knowledgeable attorney will invoke the New York Labor Law on behalf of the injured worker or the injured worker’s family to hold the property owner and general contractor for the project absolutely liable for the happening of the accident and the resulting injuries.
Contact the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel to get help today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now to schedule your free consultation.