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Construction worker hit, killed by 30,000-pound concrete slab

Few things are as tragic and difficult for people to accept as the premature death of a loved one. The sudden and unexpected loss of a dear friend or a family member can shake us to the core.

Those were the emotions rolling through those who gathered recently for the funeral of a 49-year-old construction worker killed in an on-site accident. One of the mourners described the accident victim as an "authentically, genuinely, joyful, kind person."

"Anyone who met him says he was just so kind," said the mourner.

Manhattan construction worker killed; debate over safety law heats up

Few of us have achieved all we wanted to get done, been to all the places we've wanted to visit or acquired all the knowledge we sought by the time we're 22 years old. It is tragic when life is cut short at that age.

New York City media reports that a 22-year-old worker died when he fell down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan construction site. The Yonkers man was working at a 52-story building being erected at 281 Fifth Avenue, officials said. The tower is scheduled for completion in two years, NBC reports.

Manhattan construction accidents: A deadly fall near Hudson Yards

Too many workers are killed on New York City construction sites. Some of those workers aren't even laborers who are thought to perform the most dangerous jobs. Sadly, some of them are old enough to be the grandfathers of other workers.

On June 7, 2017, the New York Daily News reported that a 62-year-old surveyor fell about 10 stories to his death on a site on West 33rd Street near the Hudson Yards. Apparently, the man fell through a platform and was pronounced dead at the scene.

More NYC construction tragedy: A worker dies in an elevator shaft

News reports continue to describe serious and fatal accidents on job sites in Manhattan. In the latest tragic incident, a 53-year-old worker was found dead in an elevator shaft in a building on West 41st Street on Sunday, July 23, according to a report by NY1.com. The cause of death was initially thought to be cardiac arrest, according to the report.

These frightening cases bring up important questions in our minds: Should more be done to prevent accidents? Can construction workers be provided with safer working conditions and better equipment? Is someone cutting corners or ignoring warning signs? Will the families of deceased and catastrophically injured be treated fairly and compensated properly? What can I do to protect my rights as a worker or spouse of a worker?

After a construction injury: Will I lose money without a lawyer?

Nobody wants to get hurt on a New York City construction job, but it happens all the time. Being laid up is frustrating, and it can cause a variety of financial and emotional problems. Financial protection and good medical care help, of course, but workers would rather get up in the morning and go to work.

Speaking of financial protection, you deserve answers to several important questions if you or a loved one was hurt while working construction:

  • How will you know if you are getting all the money damages you are entitled to after an accident?
  • Should you be receiving compensation over a longer period of time?
  • Is workers' comp sufficient to cover your lost income and other losses?
  • Will all your medical costs be covered in the long term?
  • Does your case go beyond workers' comp because a third party (someone or something other than you and your employer) caused or is responsible for the injury?

Construction injury: What could go wrong if I don't get a lawyer?

Getting hurt on a construction job is a big deal. An injury can affect your livelihood, your long-term health and finances, your family stability and your emotional state. But it can be hard to know if you're taking all the right steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

People will have different opinions about what you should do after you get hurt, and you will have many questions: How long will it take to recover? How will you pay the bills in the meantime? Will workers' comp cover everything? What doctor should you see? Will your employer make things difficult for you? Who should you talk to? Do you need an attorney?

Worker dies and NYC construction company owner is charged

A wall collapse that killed an 18-year-old construction worker in Brooklyn in 2015 has led to multiple criminal charges against the owner of the construction company he worked for. The New York Times reported on May 10, 2017, that Michael Weiss has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault and numerous other offenses related to his construction businesses.

Should negligent builders be held criminally responsible when their workers get hurt because of preventable safety problems? Brooklyn prosecutors seem to think so – at least in this case.

Fatal construction falls: Unsafe conditions? Exploited workers?

Anyone who has spent time working construction in New York will tell you that accidents happen, even when workers do their best to stay safe. Falls can occur on both union and nonunion job sites, but nonunion workers usually have less protection and training than their union counterparts. Unfortunately, when developers try to reduce expenses by hiring nonunion labor, they may also try to reduce expenses by cutting corners on safety.

Falls from heights have caused catastrophic injuries to many construction workers. A recent fatal accident in Times Square shows the potential for an increased risk of falling on nonunion sites on which proper safety precautions may not be in place.

Another tragic NYC construction death -- on a nonunion job site

Anyone who has spent time working construction in New York will tell you that accidents happen, even when workers do their best to stay safe. Falls, which are often deadly, can occur on both union and nonunion job sites, but nonunion workers often have less safety training and protection than their union counterparts.

Falls from heights have caused catastrophic injuries to many construction workers. A recent fatal accident in Times Square shows the potential for an increased risk of falling on nonunion sites on which proper safety protections may not be in place.

Should you find an attorney right after a construction accident?

Most people know that construction work can be dangerous. On construction sites throughout New York City, workers try to be careful, professional and vigilant. But injuries happen all the time.

If you or your loved one gets injured on the job, won't workers' comp cover everything? Who is responsible for accidents caused by subcontractors or defective equipment? What if the accident is fatal? What if the injury doesn't seem serious enough?

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