A construction accident in Manhattan earlier this month sent debris tumbling at a jobsite along West 57th Street. According to investigation documents, at around 8PM on January 21st emergency crews were called to an unspecified accident at a lot in Manhattan. When they arrived, firefighters learned that an exterior elevator had somehow broken free and struck the side of the building while loaded with construction materials. The materials spilled from the swinging elevator platform and came crashing to the ground from a height of almost 30 stories.
Had anyone been in the path of the falling object in Manhattan, they would have surely been killed. In fact, being struck by falling objects is one of the deadliest types of construction accident in New York City. While not as common as other jobsite mishaps (such as falling off ladders and scaffolding), being struck by objects tossed, dropped, or pushed off elevated platforms often results in serious life-threatening injuries.
Some of the most common are:
- Crush injuries
- Severe head trauma
Unfortunately, when the objects that are falling from on high weigh as much as most building materials or are dropped from dramatic heights (like the 30 stories in this latest construction elevator accident in Manhattan) not even safety equipment can save workers trapped underneath.
If workers do survive such encounters however, they have a very solid basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Indeed, OSHA and Department of Buildings regulations require that dangerous construction site elevators be thoroughly inspected and only used in a proper and appropriate manner in line with safety guidelines. A skilled and experienced attorney who specializes in elevator and construction accidents can pinpoint the cause of the accident. Only then will all the responsible parties be held liable for the injuries or deaths caused in such a mishap.
If you’ve been injured by a faulty construction elevator or debris plummeting to the ground, speak with an experienced falling object accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.