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Another scaffolding nightmare: Workers escape death in TriBeCa

New York City construction workers continue to be subjected to dangerous conditions on scaffolds. In recent months, multiple workers have died because of scaffolding mishaps; this summer, one man was killed by a falling beam on a site in Upper Manhattan.

Recently two glaziers eluded death and apparently escaped unharmed after their scaffold was spun around by winds, smashing windows hundreds of feet in the air and leaving the scaffold protruding perpendicular to the high rise they were working on. The harrowing scene was captured on video and reported by ABC-7.

High-end condos and inadequate protection for workers

The TriBeCa accident occurred at the luxury 64-story skyscraper under construction at 111 Murray Street, according to ABC-7. The NYPD and FDNY partnered to rescue the two glass specialists on a high floor of a building where one condominium apartment, Penthouse 2, is being sold for $40 million.

Why are there so many safety lapses on major, well-funded construction projects in the city? Why are the lives of so many workers put at risk? It seems to boil down to the reality that many contractors and project owners simply value profits over people.

Need advice about a construction injury? Talk to an attorney right away.

If you or someone you care about was injured on a construction site, talk to an attorney with scaffold accident experience as soon as possible. It is important to get your questions answered and protect your legal rights, which may include the right to money damages through a third-party injury or wrongful death claim.

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