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Michael Barasch Comments on Recent Construction Accidents in New York City

Mike Barasch commented on two recent construction accidents in New York City: “These tragedies highlight the importance of construction safety, as these were preventable and avoidable accidents. Construction companies and the landlords that own the buildings under construction must be held accountable for their failure to abide by the safety rules and regulations put in place […]

Worker Killed After Falling 24 Stories Down Elevator Shaft

A 25-year-old man working on an upscale hotel in Manhattan recently fell to his death down an elevator shaft in the unfinished building. The victim was reportedly installing elevator door frames when the car he was riding in stopped suddenly. A coworker in the car jumped to a landing, but when the victim attempted the […]

Cave-in Traps Brooklyn Construction Worker

A construction worker in Crown Heights was nearly buried alive when the basement hole he was digging unexpectedly caved in. The concrete and dirt he had excavated collapsed on top of him, leaving him trapped underneath the rubble. Paramedics found him conscious but injured, and took him to Kings County Hospital for treatment. Unpredictable construction […]

Court Says an Extension Cord is not Proper Hoisting Equipment

An appeals court told the City of New York that it has to give laborers doing brick work at a public school suitable materials, such as a mechanical hoist, to raise and lower buckets of cement from one level of the work site to another. The plaintiff, who worked for the contractor renovating the school […]

Manhattan Parking Garage Collapses on Worker During Demolition

A routine demolition turned dangerous on W. 57th Street near 11th and 12th Avenues on Wednesday, February 25 in New York City. The parking garage that was being demolished on the site partially collapsed during the process, striking a worker and leaving him with injuries. Fortunately, these injuries were minor in nature and he was […]

Queens Jury Gives $62 Million Payout in Construction Accident Claim

Zeng Guang Lin, a 26-year-old Chinese immigrant, was awarded $62 million by a jury in Queens in a personal injury lawsuit in 2008. Lin, who was working for Hutch Realty at the time of the accident, was not provided a safety harness while working on a roof for his construction job. As a result, he […]

Construction Negligence Injures Innocent Pedestrians

Times Square was recently the scene of a construction accident when severe rains and winds of 43 mph caused a massive plywood retaining wall to fall down and injure three pedestrians. It took more than two dozen people to lift the wall from the injured victims, who were then rushed to Bellevue Hospital by firefighters. […]

Silica Poses Hazard for New York Construction Workers

For construction workers, artists or residents exposed to sandblasting and other forms of abrasive cleaning, there is danger in the air. Silica is a common mineral used in the sandblasting process that can cause lung injury, disease and death. After the attack on the World Trade Towers and their collapse, New York residents, emergency responders […]

By the Numbers: Construction Fatalities

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 […]

Construction Accidents: More than Workers Comp

Trapped over three hours in mud the consistency of quicksand, a New York construction worker had begun to lose feeling in his legs after falling 15 feet into a trench. The mud, intensified by falling rain in June of this year, worsened the emergency on a worksite that was technically shut down by the Department […]

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