Over the past few years, New York City has seen catastrophic accidents involving construction cranes. Most notably, a massive crane collapsed and killed a passerby in lower Manhattan in February 2016, when high winds were present. The tragedy led to greater regulations regarding the operation of cranes under windy conditions, but other crane-related accidents have occurred since then.
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.
New York City construction workers continue to die at an alarming rate. This time, a worker was killed in a forklift accident on a job site in Jamaica, Queens, on March 13.
In an age of fantastic technology, plentiful information and unprecedented digital communication, construction workers continue to suffer as a result of serious accidents that could have been prevented. Why do worker deaths and injuries continue to be such a serious problem in New York City and elsewhere?
New York City continues to experience a building boom, with many large construction projects continuing to move forward through the weather-challenged months of January, February and March. This puts workers at increased risk of certain injuries.
Each year, dozens of New York City construction workers are seriously hurt and killed while doing their jobs. Many of these deaths and life-changing injuries are preventable, caused by the negligence of project owners and contractors who sometimes show flagrant disregard for worker safety.
January 23, 2018 was a tragic day for New York City workers. Not one, but TWO men were killed that day when they fell to their deaths on different work sites, one in Rego Park, Queens, and the other near Gramercy Park in Manhattan.
Sometimes we fail to appreciate the workers who keep our communities clean and organized. Sanitation workers deserve respect and proper compensation for the challenges and risks they face -- and they may need legal help when they get hurt on the job.
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.
Recently, another New York City construction worker died at another non-union job site that had received numerous safety complaints. In his comments about the fatal accident on 24th Street near Park Avenue, the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council described the pattern of tragic construction-worker deaths as an "out of control epidemic."
$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.