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Defective Hard Hats May Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) contributes to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDCP, one of the leading causes of TBIs is being stuck in the head by an object. The CDCP estimates that approximately fifteen percent of those struck in the head by an object will die as a result of the TBI.

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Body of Construction Worker Recovered after Retaining Wall Collapses

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Rescue workers recovered the body of a construction worker who died after being trapped in a trench when a retaining wall collapsed at a worksite. The New York Times reported that the accident happened on September 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. A group of construction workers was digging a trench 30 feet below street level at the site, located at 39th Street and Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park, when part of the wall started to fall down. As a result, rubble had fallen into the trench and on top of the workers. The Times said approximately one-third of the wall came down.

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The Scaffold Law May Lead To A Judgment In Your Favor

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Recently, a worker who was repairing a three-family home was injured when plywood fell onto him. The man was cutting sheets of plywood and handing them off to a co-worker, who hoisted the plywood approximately 20 feet onto the roof. The material fell onto the worker, resulting in an injury. He sued, alleging that the property owner was liable under Section 240(1) of the Labor Law, also known as the “Scaffold Law”. However, the law also protects workers at ground-level that are hit by falling materials or equipment that should have been properly secured.

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New York City Increases Safety Measures for Construction Workers

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On May 10, several bills were signed into law which increases safety conditions for New York City's construction workers. The approved bills include increases in injury reporting requirements, crane-related safety measures, and the requirement of a construction superintendent and onsite safety plan for any building project that is three stories or higher.

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Construction Injuries Under New York Law

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One look at the New York City skyline can tell you that the city is currently undergoing a building boom. With more and more construction projects beginning each month, construction worker injuries and deaths are on the rise. The growing number of deaths and injuries were brought to the attention of New Yorkers on January 31st, when thousands of New York City construction workers assembled to mourn the tragic loss of 30 workers who died in construction related accidents over the past two years. With the upsurge of construction site related injuries and deaths, it is important for workers employed in construction to be aware of their rights and remedies.

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Brooklyn Construction Site Wall Collapses Leading to Tragic Death of 19-Year-Old Worker

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Another construction tragedy recently occurred in New York City.  At a Bed-Stuy construction site, a cinder block wall collapsed killing a 19-year-old construction worker and injuring two others.  At the site, a one-story commercial building was being converted into a five-story structure that would also include residential units.  The cinder wall was designed to hold back soil at the bottom of the building, but was not properly stabilized.    

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New York Times Article Sheds Light on the Construction Site Safety Violations that Caused “Completely Avoidable” Fatal Accidents

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It has been widely publicized in the media that the rate of death and injury at construction sites has risen dramatically over the last two years.  A recent New York Times expose has shed light on the matter after two years of investigations.  According to the Times, although the rate of building has increased throughout the city by 11% in the last fiscal year, the 52% inc

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Construction Worker Dead After Roofing Accident

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A 52-year-old construction worker, who specialized in iron working, was killed on, February 24, 2015, when steel beams intended for the new environmentally-friendly roof at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center fell off and stuck him.

According to reports, the worker was part of a team installing the vegetative green roofing near the Atlantic Avenue side of the arena around 1 p.m. when four beams, also called joists, rolled off a work truck before they were fastened to a crane to hoist them into place. 

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Elevator Drops Injuring Two People

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Two construction workers were injured Wednesday August 6th, 2014, in Greenwich Village when elevator cables snapped, causing the elevator to drop half a floor. The workers were part of a 12-apartment renovation at the 56 West 11th St. apartment building.

According to reports, the workers had opened up the elevator car's ceiling hatch and had pushed pipes through the hatch.  When the pipes got tangled in the cables it caused the cables to snap.   

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Brooklyn Building Collapses During Construction

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An increase in construction around New York City and its surrounding boroughs is generally viewed as a sign of an economic rebound. In recent years, New York has seen a dramatic increase in residential high-rise construction, hotel redevelopment, the initiation of large transportation projects, as well as an increase in construction projects in general. It is certainly a good economic indicator for New Yorkers that we are starting new buildings and that construction workers are given more opportunities in their profession.

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