A construction worker at a job site in Brooklyn was seriously injured after falling through the roof of the Edward B. Shallow Junior high School. The man was part of a crew resurfacing the concrete exterior of the school when the roof below him collapsed. He fell through the hole to the floor below and suffered unspecified injuries. The victim was hospitalized at Maimonides Hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.
The Department of Buildings and OSHA officials were on the scene shortly after the accident investigating the site and looking for a cause.
Falls through floors in New York City are one of the most common types of accidents in which workers are hurt. Whether the jobsite is new construction and rehabilitation of an existing building, the danger always exits where workers can fall because the floor must have a cutout to pass the garbage and debris to the floor below. Similarly, unguarded window spaces can present a danger to an unsuspecting construction worker. A construction worker can be going about their job on one floor and in a flash, find him or herself on the ground a number of stories below.
Thankfully, in this case, the man did not fall far. However, in similar accidents workers have fallen several stories and have not survived their falls.
If an investigation into this latest fall at a construction site in New York reveals that the worker was put in danger by the failure to provide adequate safety devices as required by the New York Labor Law, the property owner and general contractor for the project can be held absolutely liable for the injured worker’s injuries, unpaid medical bills and lost time from work (past, present and future) even if it is shown that the worker was not careful and contributed to his own accident.
If you’ve been injured after falling through a floor, contact an experienced construction accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now for a free consultation.