New York City construction workers continue to die at an alarming rate. This time, a worker was killed in a forklift accident on a job site in Jamaica, Queens, on March 13.
According to the New York Post’s account of the tragedy, the 35-year-old worker, Edgar Pazmino, was employed by Westside Windows when he was killed.
A forklift mishap on a site riddled with violations
Apparently, Pazmino was riding on the back of a forklift, which the driver failed to lower, when he struck his head on a ceiling, fell and was pinned by the machine. The workers had been transporting windows to be stored on the property, according to the Post. Sadly, the deceased man’s brother-in-law quoted him as saying that he feared for his safety on the job.
Pazmino’s fear was not unfounded. According to the city’s Department of Buildings, the Jamaica site was issued four stop-work orders in 2017 alone and more than 50 violations overall. Workers and their families deserve better.
If you or one of your family members was hurt
Nobody should be scared to go to work each day. If you or a loved one was hurt on the job in New York, you may be entitled to money damages via a third-party injury or wrongful death claim.
Most construction accident attorneys offer a free, confidential consultation to injured workers and their families. If you are unsure about whether you have a case, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.