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For Eight Relatives, A Construction Accident Is Now A Family Tragedy

When José Quizhi heard of a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly rushed from his New Jersey home to the scene. The reason: his seven relatives were working construction on the site, and Mr. Quizhi was worried for their safety.

His worries turned out to be well-founded, as a family member was crushed to death while another two were seriously injured. Three others suffered minor injuries, leaving only one brother walking away unscathed.

Soft-Tissue Injuries Should Not Be Ignored

Many, including those working in jobs that involve heavy manual labor, tend to view broken bones and head injuries as the most serious type of injury. But most also know how debilitating a soft-tissue injury can be, and how it can prevent you from doing even the relatively light manual tasks that may be required in your day to day labor.

Brooklyn Construction Worker Injured After Falling Through Roof

A Brooklyn construction worker suffered serious injuries after falling through the ceiling of a Bensonhurst school in early July, according to a recent article by ABC7NY. The accident occurred at JHS 227 on 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst on the morning of July 5th.

Firefighters and other emergency personnel arrived after reports of a roof collapse, only to discover the construction worker, who had fallen through. 

Construction Worker Struck And Killed By Falling Excavator Bucket

A construction worker in the South Bronx was struck and killed by an excavator bucket on Saturday, July 13th, while attempting to weld it. According to an article by NBC New York, the bucket, which weighs more than 2000 pounds, fell on the worker at New York Recycling. While coworkers called emergency services, medics pronounced the individual dead at the scene.

Construction Worker Falls Headfirst On Work Site, Suffers Life Threatening Injuries

A construction worker working on an unfinished stairwell in Brooklyn suffered critical injuries after falling and hitting a concrete floor head first, according to authorities, as reported in The Daily News.

The victim was working in the stairwell shaftway and attempting to pry a loose plank of wood and lost his balance, falling nine feet into the basement. He was transported to Bellevue hospital from the four-story building in Greenpoint, located on Richardson Street near Union Ave.

Construction worker falls and dies near Grand Central Terminal

Sadly, another New York City construction worker has perished on the job. This time, it was a 49-year-old worker who lost his life after plummeting from the fifth floor to the second floor of a midtown building.

The tragic May 18 accident occurred at 333 Madison Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets, right next to Grand Central Terminal, according to an NBCNewYork.com story citing an NYPD report. The building will house the entrepreneur-focused Grand Central Tech, according to the story.

SoHo crane mishap: Construction worker killed in Manhattan

Another crane accident, another dead worker. This time, it was 34-year-old Gregory Echevarria who tragically lost his life after he was hit by a crane counterweight at a SoHo construction site, according to U.S. News

The fatal injury occurred during a horrible week in which three construction workers were killed on the job in New York City. The U.S. News article indicated that the accident occurred in the early hours of April 13 when Echevarria and his colleagues were setting up a crane on a site near Varick and Broome streets. 

Construction worker fatally struck by a stone on Upper East Side

Three New York City construction workers were killed on the job within days of each other. In one of the tragedies, a worker was found unconscious on a scaffold at an Upper East Side building, the victim of head trauma after an object fell and struck him.

The worker, 51-year-old Nelson Salinas, was hit on the head by a loose copestone while working at 311 East 50th Street, according to a recent Gothamist story. Mr. Salinas, who lived in Queens, was performing facade repairs, NBC New York reported. 

NYC construction injuries: An average of two reported per day

New York City construction workers continue to get hurt and killed on the job. And the city's new mandatory-training law may not be helping the statistics.

Construction injuries and deaths have increased in recent years, according to a City & State article. Despite the 2017 passage of Local Law 196, which mandated safety training for workers and supervisors, the frequency of accidents appears to be on the rise. Unfortunately, 744 injury events were reported during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, per the article's reference to a Department of Buildings (DOB) report. That's an average of more than two injuries per day and is more than three times higher than a reported 212 injuries from Mayor de Blasio's first year in office. 

Why was 2018 worse than 2017 for construction worker safety?

Construction is New York City's most lethal industry, according to recent reports. And things don't seem to be improving, even with a massive influx of money and brisk growth.

According to an article in The Architect's Newspaper, 671 workers were hurt in the city in 2017; that number jumped to 761 in 2018 -- and those figures represent only the injuries that were reported. The paper reported that the number of worker fatalities held steady over the two years, hovering at around 20 per year. 

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  • $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

  • $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

  • $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

  • $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

  • $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

  • $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.

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