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    New York City to Pay $36 Million Settlement to Injured Construction Worker

    By Michael Barasch

    A construction worker paralyzed after being struck by a falling utility pole on a New York City Department of Environmental Protection project site will receive a record-setting $36 million payment in settlement of a lawsuit that charged the DEP with failing to maintain a safe workplace. The plaintiff, 39-year-old Ricardo Tavares, was working at the […]

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  • Construction Accidents

    Map Shows NYC Sites where Construction Safety Training Is Needed

    By Michael Barasch

    New York City’s Department of Buildings has launched a new tool to help construction workers identify sites that are subject to mandatory OSHA Site Safety Training (SST). Local Law 196 of 2017 states that supervisors and laborers must have completed this additional safety training when working on certain large-scale projects. To give everyone a resource […]

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  • Construction Accidents

    Long Island Construction Death Linked to Improper Fall Protection

    By Michael Barasch

    The 2018 death of a construction worker in East Patchogue, Long Island has triggered a substantial penalty for his employer, highlighting the need for appropriate fall protection. While installing roof panels on a shed, the Northridge Construction Corp. worker fell from his ladder onto a concrete surface, suffering a fatal blow to the head. According […]

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  • Personal Injury

    Elevator Repairman Falls to His Death in Guttenberg, NJ

    By Michael Barasch

    A 44-year-old elevator repairman is dead after being dragged upward through an elevator shaft in a luxury high-rise condominium building in Guttenberg, New Jersey. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release Tuesday, February 2, explaining that the worker was performing routine monthly maintenance when something went tragically wrong. The worker, a resident of […]

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  • Wrongful Death

    By the Numbers: Construction Fatalities

    By Michael Barasch

    Numbers are important because they give us the ability to measure. In construction, proper measurements mean everything at a worksite. Recently, the Department of Labor released its summary of numbers from 2012 that gives us the opportunity to measure the hazards of a vital, but dangerous trade.  Preliminary results appear to show fatal construction accidents […]

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  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful Death Construction Action Settled for $1 Million

    By Michael Barasch

    On April 3, 2012, a Manhattan construction site became the scene of a fatal accident. Work to extend the No. 7 subway line halted when a 170-foot crane collapsed and showered pieces into the excavated pit below. The crane came down on 30-year-old Burlington resident Michael Simermeyer, who died of his injuries.  The Occupational Safety […]

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