A terrifying façade accident in New York City last month left passersby dodging debris as it rained down from the sixth-story of a building under repair. The accident occurred along Tremont Avenue at around 8:30 on the morning of August 19th. Eyewitnesses report that several large chunks of debris broke free from the façade of the building and crashed completely through a sidewalk shed that had been erected to protect pedestrians from exactly this sort of accident.
Investigators arrived at the scene and immediately issued a stop work order. They estimate that several tons of debris actually fell onto the sidewalk shed with a significant portion of that actually busting through and making it to the sidewalk below. Thankfully, there was nobody directly under the façade at the time of the collapse. One eyewitness told reporters that just a day earlier, the spot onto which the bricks and mortar had tumbled had been filled with a line of senior citizens waiting outside a food pantry.
Investigators ordered a thorough inspection of the rest of the façade to determine the structural stability of the entire construction.
Building owners and/or property managers are required to schedule and perform routine inspections of buildings of a certain height. If any defects are found, they must be remedied within a reasonable time and the area under the hazard must be made safe or blocked off so that no passersby (either pedestrians or motorists) are by falling debris from the faulty façade. If not, the building owner and the contractor in charge can be held liable for any injuries that result.
In this case, the structure had already been found to be faulty and the façade accident in the Bronx occurred while the contractors were attempting to repair the damage.
If you or a loved one has been injured by falling debris from a defective commercial or residential building, you need the help of an experienced façade accident attorney in New York City. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for a free and informative consultation today.