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November 2017 Archives

Big development (and many worker injuries) in Long Island City

The iconic New York City skyline continues to stretch beyond its traditional Manhattan borders into Brooklyn and Queens. In Long Island City, the East River is becoming home to expensive condos and massive commercial developments, rapidly changing its image as a run-down 20th Century manufacturing hub.

Fatal injuries among NYC construction workers: What the stats say

Though New York City is enjoying a construction boom, workers continue to die on job sites throughout the city. According to a 2017 report on the City of New York's website, entitled Fatal Injuries among New York City Construction Workers, construction accidents happen at a rate that has a significant impact on the families of workers.

NYC construction worker's deadly fall -- WITH a safety harness on

New York City construction workers continue to die because some contractors refuse to follow basic safety rules. This was the case with a 43-year-old worker who fell to his death -- while wearing a safety harness. Sadly, the harness wasn't connected to a safety strap. Providing a worker with a harness is pointless unless a proper anchorage point is available to tie off the harness and the worker is properly instructed to tie off the harness.

Cranes collapsed as storm raged: are new regs needed?

Images of raging winds and torrential rain filled the news in recent days as we in New York City watched Hurricane Irma pummel Florida. One of the videos that made an especially strong impression was from Miami, where a construction crane spun out of control atop a high-rise. News reports indicated that two cranes collapsed in Miami, sending debris onto the empty streets below. A crane in nearby Fort Lauderdale also reportedly collapsed during the ferocious storm. For those in the construction industry, the reports were reminders of the several deadly New York City crane collapses in recent years. 

Construction worker expected to recover from being "rolled over"

At first glance, some people might find humor in the story. After all, a construction worker was using a portable toilet on a work site when a dump truck driver "rolled over" him, according to a newspaper report.All possible humor vanishes, however, when more details of the incident are revealed. The injured construction worker has a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his pelvis and possible internal bleeding. The 28-year-old worker was in just his second day on the job at the billion-dollar Louis Armstrong Airport expansion project in New Orleans.

New York road construction work starting to slow

It happens every year: New York roadway construction picks up in the spring and slows down in fall. Though road work slows down at this time of year, the remaining job sites are just as dangerous as ever for workers and drivers alike.

Case Results

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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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