This winter has been a deadly one for construction workers in Manhattan. In December, yet another worker died a preventable death because of unsafe conditions.
This time, a piece of scaffolding fell and struck a 34-year-old worker on the head on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, according to the New York Daily News; the man died later that day. Sadly, the project had already been cited for numerous safety violations, including infractions related to scaffolding, the paper reported.
Needless loss of life
The Department of Buildings shut down the site, and violations were expected to be issued, according to the Daily News — and the scaffolding contractor Lexington Maintenance LLC did not comment. But it was too late to save the life of the worker, whose friend tried to help him as he lay on the ground, unconscious.
In January, another worker was killed in nearby Gramercy Park when he fell down an elevator shaft while installing an elevator in a new hotel building.
If your family is affected by a construction accident
Every accident case is different. If you or a family member was hurt on a job in New York City, or if you lost a family member who was working construction, you should obtain legal advice from an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to money damages through a third-party injury or wrongful death claim — a lawsuit — against negligent parties.