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Three Workers Injured in Elevator Shaft Accident at Construction Site

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Three construction workers were injured on a construction site in mid-June after a platform inside an elevator shaft collapsed, according to a report by WABC. The three workers were subsequently taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing, and potential enforcement action is pending.

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Fire Extinguisher Explosion Results in Construction Site Death

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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.

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Two Construction Workers Rescued From Tilted Lift

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Two construction workers at a Harlem worksite were rescued after their crane apparently tilted into a building. The workers were installing siding on a building, located on West 118th Street by 5th Avenue in Manhattan, when their lift, suddenly and without warning, leaned forward and crashed into the building. Eventually, both workers were rescued by the FDNY and taken to Harlem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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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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