A man was killed in a fatal fall from heights construction accident in New York City late last February. EMTs were summoned to a jobsite in Brooklyn Heights on the morning of February 15th after a construction worker plummeted several stories to the ground. Reports show that the victim was working on the roof of a ten-story building but conflicting testimonial from eyewitnesses suggest that he may have actually been on the eighth floor at the time of the fall.
A preliminary investigation into the fatal construction accident revealed that the man had not been wearing the proper fall arrest equipment at the time of the accident. If so, under the New York Labor Law, the liability for his death could be passed on to the property owner and general contractor for the refurbishment operation at the apartment building.
Department of Building records show that there had been 17 previous complaints about unsafe conditions at the construction site filed with the agency since work began in July of 2020. The construction company doing work at the site was previously ordered to pay out two separate fines totaling $20,000 for documented safety failures.
If an investigation reveals that the victim was indeed not provided with the proper safety equipment or that the safety equipment failed, the financial impact of his death could be significant. In such cases, the surviving family members of the victim could potentially seek compensation from the general contractor and property owner under the New York Labor law which holds property owners and general contractors absolutely responsible for this very kind of accident.
Such compensation claims include pain and suffering for the period of time the worker survived after the accident and the amount of money the worker would have contributed to his household during the span of his work life.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at a jobsite, speak with an experienced New York City construction accident lawyer as soon as you can. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel, PLLC at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to discuss your case today free of charge.