As the New York City skyline expands with large, beautiful buildings, so does the list of deceased and injured construction workers whose safety simply wasn't a priority to those in power. More technology and more money than ever don't seem to have made much of a dent in the danger. In an age where many one-bedroom apartments sell for more than a million dollars, some workers in the city feel like their lives aren't valued.
Most of us know that construction is hard work that requires physical energy, mental focus, skill and courage. Many people in New York City know (often from reading the news) that too many workers get hurt on the job.
Another New York City construction worker was hurt in another preventable accident. This time, a worker suffered injury when he fell from the fourth floor to the third floor of a luxury rental building going up at 11 Greene Street in SoHo. The owner of the high-budget 31-unit project is Arch Companies.
Another day, another unnecessarily treacherous New York City construction site. And one more worker has perished while simply doing his job. This time it was 47-year-old Luis Almonte, who was crushed when a 20-foot retaining wall fell onto him and five of his colleagues in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, according to ABC News.The FDNY, the NYPD, Con Edison and inspectors from the Department of Buildings, as well as structural engineers and dogs, were all part of rescue efforts last week, which sadly turned into a long and difficult search for Mr. Almonte's body. This massive investment of city resources simply augments the huge emotional toll wrought by such a tragedy -- a preventable one.
$2.1 million settlement
for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.
$1.6 million settlement
for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.
$2.55 million settlement
for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.
$1.75 million settlement
for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.
$2.5 million settlement
for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.
$1.2 million settlement
during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.