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NYC Construction Worker Killed in Elevator Accident

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A worker at a construction site in Midtown Manhattan was crushed to death by an elevator after apparently dropping his phone. The accident occurred on October 17th at around 3:00 PM, at a construction site between 29th and 30th Street in Manhattan. It is unclear what safety regulations, if any, may have been violated, and an investigation is currently ongoing.

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Construction Worker Deaths and Injuries on the Rise in New York City

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“Construction has become the deadliest job in New York City,” claims a report from CBS New York, and the statistics show this isn’t just hyperbole. There have been 16 work-related accidents in construction in the past year in New York City, which is more than any other industry, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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New York City Construction Accidents: Labor Law 240 Cases

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Under the New York Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” New York construction workers are provided certain protections while working at elevated heights. The Scaffold Law protects construction workers who are injured as a result of a fall from an elevated height or are hit by a falling object. 

Who is protected under Labor Law 240?

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Building Collapses on Non-Worker Civilian after Owner Fails to Safeguard the Construction Site

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On February 27, 2018, a building located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens collapsed on top of a man leaving him trapped under rubble for almost two hours. According to CBS News, the man was looking for building materials when the floor collapsed under him. According to multiple media outlets, the building had been boarded up since 2006 and the owners had received a number of violations from the Department of Buildings. The alleged violations included:

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