A tragic fall from heights accident in New York claimed the life of a young man on March 3rd in Tribeca. The young man was employed as a window washer and according to one eyewitness, when his hand slipped he plummeted to the street below, landing on the pavement.
A construction accident in New York left one worker dead after a short fall down an elevator shaft in an Upper West Side town home earlier this month. 61-year old Frank Dragotta was employed by the home's owner and working on a major renovation at the property (located at 130 West 70th Street). Mr. Dragotta fell through an unguarded opening and down one story to the bottom of the shaft.
Falls are once again the number one construction accident in New York and result in the highest percentage of fatalities. Falls from heights in New York represent 15% of all fatal jobsite accidents. To put that in perspective that rate is twice that of the next most fatal accident type: contact with equipment.
The family of an 18-year-old worker was left grieving last month after the man was struck and killed by the compactor blade of a recycling truck. The accident occurred inside a recycling plant near the East River, in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood. According to witnesses, the man was loading paper into the rear of the truck when the compactor came down on his chest, killing him.
The construction accident in Queens that claimed the life of a 42-year old construction worker late last month may have been avoidable. Investigators have discovered that the building contractor in charge of the jobsite had been fined by OSHA before for multiple violations including fall safety hazards.