Fatal Construction Accidents Highlight Need for Enforcement of Safety Laws

The deaths of two construction workers from falls on Monday were tragic reminders of the dangers involved in construction work.  One worker fell to his death at a site at 161 Maiden Lane, and the other at a work site at 400 W. 33rd St.  Both construction sites have been previously issued safety violations and fines. Our thoughts are with the families of these men as they cope with this terrible loss. Construction work is extraordinarily dangerous, and with the increase in building in New York there has been a corresponding rise in fatal accidents. Read more

Scaffold Laws Need Strengthening, Not Repealing

A construction company owner who ignored repeated warnings by the Department of Buildings to install guardrails at a building site has been charged with manslaughter  and indicted in connection with the death of a worker who fell six stories to his death. This story highlights the hazards of construction jobs and the need to insure that laws protecting workers are enforced. The dangers involved in construction and scaffolding work led the New York State Legislature to pass Labor Law Section 240 and 241(6) to protect construction workers. Scaffold and ladder accidents are usually caused by negligent Read more

Here They Go Again…..

Recently Michael Cardozo, the chief lawyer at New York City’s Corporation Counsel, called for a cap on pain and suffering damages in Tort lawsuits, citing the City’s need to reduce payouts on personal injury cases. Didn’t New York State’s legislature just decide this was a bad idea a few months ago when they rejected the caps which were proposed as part of Medicaid reform? Read more

Construction Accident FAQs

What are the most common types of construction accidents? The most common types of construction accidents involve falls, including falls from scaffolds and ladders. How do scaffold accidents and ladder accidents usually occur? Scaffold and ladder accidents are usually caused by negligent construction and maintenance of a scaffold or ladder, or a failure to provide workers with protection from the hazards of working at a height. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a fall from a height on a job site, talk to the attorneys at Bonina & Bonina, P.C. When a contractor Read more