A construction accident in Manhattan sent one worker to the hospital after a fall late last month. The unidentified 60-year old man fell from a ladder that was part of a complex series of scaffolding in the subway system beneath Second Avenue and East 69th Street. Rescue workers called the maze of ladders and metal work a "complicated system" erected below street level and had difficulty getting the injured man to safety.
For the better part of a decade the number of fatal construction accidents in New York City has been on the decline. While there are a number of factors that have played a role in this decline, many safety advocates like to point to stricter laws and regulations, increased inspections, and tougher sanctions for violators. However, in spite of all the additional oversight that construction sites are subjected to the number of fatal constructions accidents in New York City over the past 18 months has increased dramatically, hitting a 7-year high.
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 Brooklyn claimed the life of an iron worker at roughly 1:30 PM on February 24th. Emergency responders were called to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and found 52-year old Peter Zepf unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him.
Two window washers working on the 68th floor of One World Trade Center had a harrowing experience when a scaffolding accident in Manhattan left them stranded, swinging from just one support cable. The mobile scaffolding was on the ascent on November 12 of this year when 41-year old Juan Lizama and 33-year old Juan Lopez (of Brooklyn) noticed ones of the cables had developed an unexpected amount of slack. The cable continued to play out, causing the platform to tilt dangerously, until the scaffolding was nearly vertical, leaving the two men supported by their safety harnesses.
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.
Be it a factory, construction site, or in an office, there are inherent dangers present in every workplace and the possibility of an employee getting seriously injured at work here in New York City is very real.
If you're like most people, you don't like to make a big fuss when you get injured at work. Your first impulse may be to brush it off and play the stoic. Unfortunately, injuries that you thought were minor at first often turn out to be more serious. That's why it's important you follow proper procedures regarding any injury you receive at your workplace. There are certain steps you need to take to protect yourself.