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Construction worker tragically killed in Staten Island

A tragic construction accident occurred on August 10 in the Westerleigh area of Staten Island. A 50-year-old worker was killed by a chainsaw he was operating.

According to a report from, the deceased man was working in a hole in the road, cutting a pipe, when he slipped and the saw fatally cut his throat. His crew was assigned to an installation of sewers and water mains at the intersection of Fiske Avenue and Main Avenue.

Freak accident ... or part of a bigger problem?

While the circumstances of this unfortunate event are unusual and horrific, the story of New York City workers being hurt and killed because of safety lapses continues unabated, with serious, preventable accidents occurring in the five boroughs all the time. Too many workers die and experience life-changing injuries on construction sites in the city because of the negligence of builders and contractors.

It is especially unfortunate when workers are hurt on jobs run by city agencies. In this Staten Island case, the contractor was EE Cruz Co. Inc., but the project was being managed by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection, according to

Get legal help if you need it

If you or someone you love was hurt while working construction, talk to an attorney with a deep understanding of New York City construction accidents. You should know and protect your legal rights, which may include the right to file a third-party injury or wrongful death claim against negligent parties.

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