A construction worker was seriously injured in a fall from heights accident in New York recently. The man, who remains unnamed in the press, was working high atop a 6-story structure when he fell. Tumbling nearly 12 feet, the victim landed on the 5th floor of the structure.
EMTs arrive within minutes and attempted to stabilize the victim at the scene, however, his injuries were too severe and he had to be transported to a nearby hospital. While his condition wasn’t immediately known, witnesses told media outlets that the man was alive and conscious while he was being loaded into an ambulance.
The fall from heights happened just outside New York City in New Rochelle at a development project located at 14 Le Count Place. An investigation into the cause and circumstances of the accident was launched to see if failure to follow industry-mandated safety procedures (like installing fall arrest systems or protective barriers) contributed to the potentially deadly construction accident. If investigators conclude such failures did occur, those responsible for failing to implement these safety procedures could be held legally liable for the individual’s injuries, unpaid medical expenses and lost time from work.
However, the most powerful weapon this construction worker has is the New York Labor Law, which was specifically enacted to protect workers from accidents such as these. The Labor Law requires that certain safety measures must be put in place to prevent falls from heights. The New York Labor Law imposes absolute liability on the property owner and general contractor in charge of the project if there was a failure to provide the proper safety equipment or in the event the safety equipment that was provided fails.
If you or a loved one has been injured while at work at a construction job site anywhere in the city, contact an experienced construction accident attorney in New York City today. For the compensation you deserve, call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 888-391-8546 or 212-385-1122 for your free initial consultation.