A man was killed in a fall from heights construction accident in New York City late last February. NYPD responded to a call emanating from 222 East 41st Street on February 26th where they found a 52-year-old man on the pavement, unresponsive. EMTs were called to the scene but the victim was declared dead on arrival. An investigation into the accident uncovered the man was working construction on the 16th floor of the building and apparently fell to his death. This prompted an investigation by both the medical examiner and the Department of Buildings.
Falls from heights in New York City are one of the deadliest types of construction accidents. A fall can cause serious trauma even from heights as low as six feet. Falling from a multi-story construction site or from a scaffolding can compound the risk of serious injury.
Under New York City law, construction companies are required to provide necessary safety gear (including hazard barriers and fall arrest equipment) as well as safety training to all of their employees. If not and a worker is injured or killed, the property owner and general contractor can be held absolutely liable for the accident under the New York Labor Law, regardless of the actions of the worker.
In the case of just injury, the victim can pursue legal action to seek compensation for pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost income. In the case of a fatal construction accident, the victim’s surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking compensation for pain and suffering for the period of time the worker survived after the accident along with all the money the worker would have contributed to his household for the life of his work expectancy.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident, you need the help of an experienced fall from heights attorney in New York City to get the compensation you deserve. Contact the legal experts at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for your free consultation. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.