One construction worker died, and another was seriously injured in a fire extinguisher explosion that occurred at a construction site in Chelsea, early in the morning on May 13. In another unfortunate twist of fate, a police cruiser responding to the call was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious injury to the driver of the other vehicle.
The fire extinguisher explosion occurred on the fourth floor of a construction site located on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea. The explosion resulted in the death of one construction worker and serious injury to another. The surviving construction worker was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital in serious condition. The incident is currently under investigation.
The collision involving the police cruiser occurred at Ninth Avenue and 25th Street, just down the street from the fire extinguisher explosion. The two officers in the police vehicle were taken to Bellevue Hospital, while the driver of the second vehicle was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where she was listed in serious but stable condition.
The fire extinguisher explosion highlights the danger that can emerge from hazardous professions like construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is the deadliest profession in New York City, with approximately twenty deaths per year since 2017. While freak accidents can occur, more often these fatalities are the result of cost-cutting and ignoring safety regulations, putting the lives of construction workers at risk.
The personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured, as the result of construction accidents. The firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers strive to secure full and fair compensation for their injured clients. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including, in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form.