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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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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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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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Failure to Implement Safety Measures Results in Construction Vehicle Accident

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With so many new construction projects taking place in New York City, accidents have been on the rise.  Recently, another construction site accident occurred when a construction vehicle flipped backward, and struck the roof of a NYPD van that was parked.  Fortunately, on this occasion there were no injuries or fatalities.  However, such incidents continue to call attention to the need for implementing better construction safety measures to reduce the safety risks faced by workers, and even pedestrians and vehicles passing by construction sites.

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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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