With so many new construction projects taking place in New York City, accidents have been on the rise. Recently, another construction site accident occurred when a construction vehicle flipped backward, and struck the roof of a NYPD van that was parked. Fortunately, on this occasion there were no injuries or fatalities. However, such incidents continue to call attention to the need for implementing better construction safety measures to reduce the safety risks faced by workers, and even pedestrians and vehicles passing by construction sites.
The incident was caught on a surveillance camera, which showed the construction vehicle, a massive hydraulic drill, attempting to maneuver over the sidewalk into the site. The drill, called the Casa Grande, is a piece of machinery that can dig deep holes into the ground for the building of a new luxury hotel in Midtown. From the video, it appears that when the driver partially raised the boom of the construction vehicle, the center of gravity may have shifted to cause it to tip over onto the NYPD vehicle. Additionally, the sidewalk in the area was not closed which may result in a violation.
The company owning the vehicle had previously been issued four OSHA safety violations as well as a $250,000 fine in 2013 due to failure to provide fall protection gear for its workers during the construction of a hotel.
Construction site accidents can result in severe injury, or even death. If you have been involved in a construction site accident as either a worker or passerby, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights. Call Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400