Falling Beam Kills Construction Worker


The New York City Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order on a repair project after a construction worker was killed when he was struck by a beam that fell from a high-rise building.

SiLive.com and News 4 New York identified the victim as 28-year-old Angel Espinoza from the Staten Island section of Rossville. Mr. Espinoza was part of a construction crew that was working on repairs on a façade at the International House in Morningside Heights when a beam came loose and fell 12 stories, hitting Mr. Espinoza. According to both media outlets, Mr. Espinoza was not responsive or conscious when police arrived. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Pratt Construction & Restoration, which had an active permit to do the work at the site, was issued a stop-work order. The Building Department said that “additional enforcement may be issued.” The New York Police Department is also investigating the incident.

The death of a loved is a difficult and traumatic experience that often times leaves more questions than answers. In the unfortunate event of construction work related death, there are usually multiple parties involved in a construction project, thus any one of them could be at fault for the accident that caused the death.

If your loved one’s employer is at fault in causing the construction accident that led to a wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation from your loved one's workers' compensation benefits. The receipt of workers compensation benefits will generally bar a lawsuit against an employer for liability. However, even if you are able to recover these benefits, you can still purse an action against a third party, like the owner of the property, the general contractor or a manufacturer of a defective product.  In most circumstances the compensation associated with such lawsuits are much greater than your loved one's death Workers’ Compensation benefits.

If you were injured in a construction accident, or if you have suffered the loss of a loved one, contact the experienced Brooklyn construction injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (718) 238-2400.