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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→

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Scaffold Laws Need Strengthening, Not Repealing

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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 construction, placement or maintenance of a scaffold or ladder, or a failure to provide workers with protection from the hazards of working at a height. When a contractor or owner fails to provide appropriate safety equipment, a resulting fall can cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. 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.

Scaffold accidents often occur because of faulty scaffolds, and could be prevented by providing workers with lifelines or lanyards to prevent them from impacting with the ground in the event of a scaffold failure.

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