Construction Accidents Continue to Rise in New York City

Posted By Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. || 17-Dec-2015

Construction accidents in New York City have reached an all-time high over the last year. While it is true that the rate of construction has risen, the number of accidents in the past twelve months is grossly disproportionate to the rate of building. In fact, eighteen workers were killed in construction accidents between October 2014 and September 2015. According to a New York Times expose, although the building rate increased in the last fiscal year by 11%, the accident rate increased by 52%. The last time the number of fatalities was this high was in 2008, during the last construction boom.

In the expose, the Times concurred with a federal report stating that all the accidents were “completely avoidable.” In many of these instances, workers were not properly trained and were not provided with safety gear and equipment. Some of the widely publicized stories this year have included the tragedy that occurred to a 22 year old worker who was buried alive at a construction site in the Meat packing district. The construction company disregarded numerous safety warnings by authorities and both the construction company and subcontractor have been charged criminally by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Another incident that occurred this past year happened to a 25 year old worker who fell 24 stories down an elevator shaft during construction of a midtown hotel. Other tragedies happened when guard rails were not in place, safety harnesses were not provided, and hazardous conditions were repeatedly ignored.

In addition, some of the tragedies of the past year involved innocent passers-by who fell victim to inadequate or non-existent safety measures at construction sites. In one instance, an air conditioning unit fell thirty stories and injured thirty people. Another fatality occurred when a woman simply walking on the sidewalk was struck and killed by a piece of unsecured plywood that blew off a construction site.

If you have been injured in a construction accident as a worker or a passer-by, contact an attorney who is experienced in representing victims of these incidents. The attorneys at Mirman, Markovitz & Landau, P.C. have over 38 years of experience helping clients recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you have been injured, or a family member has been killed in a construction accident, call for a free case evaluation at (855) 295-4737.

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