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Two NYC forklift deaths in a week: One in Brooklyn, one in Queens

Two New York City construction workers died tragically within a week of each other. Both men were killed in accidents involving forklifts. Both accidents seem to have been preventable.

On Saturday, March 10, a worker was crushed to death when a forklift tipped over at a Brooklyn site, as reported by the New York Daily News. Just three days later, on Tuesday, March 13, another worker was killed in Queens due to another forklift error.

A pattern of deadly mistakes

Construction work carries certain risks, but most of them can be mitigated or eliminated when basic safety rules are followed by everyone. An ongoing pattern of carelessness, corner cutting, and deadly mistakes means that workers will continue to die in New York.

According to the Daily News, the March 13 accident in Bushwick, Brooklyn, killed 46-year-old Jorge Castaneda when he was pinned between the forklift, which was carrying pipes, and a truck. The report indicated that Mr. Castaneda died at Brookdale University Medical Center.

In the earlier accident, 34-year-old worker Edgar Pazmino was killed in Jamaica, Queens, reportedly while riding on a forklift when his head hit a ceiling. Numerous stop-work orders and dozens of violations had been issued against the job site.

Do I have a construction injury case?

It depends on a number of factors. Every injury matter is different.

Many accidents are caused by negligence on the part of employers, contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers or other parties. In some situations, injured employees are entitled to money damages through a third-party injury or wrongful death claim, which is different from workers’ comp.

If you or one of your family members was hurt on the job, you should get legal advice as soon as possible. Most construction injury attorneys offer a free, confidential consultation, which provides the opportunity for workers and their families to get their questions answered and learn more about their legal rights.


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