A 55-year-old man was recently killed in a construction project on Governors Island. The construction worker was helping to rebuild sections of a sea wall, when a pipe fell 15 feet and landed on him. A forklift was attempting to remove the storm sewer pipe from a truck when it went into a free-fall. The victim worked for Bedford Construction.
Sadly, this type of accident is common in the construction industry. Falling objects are one of the leading causes of death on New York construction sites. Nearly all of the accidents are preventable by following standard safety practices, so it’s frustrating to see good people needlessly die in this manner.
Other common causes of New York construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from heights/ladder accidents
- Crane accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a work accident, workers’ compensation may not be your only option. In many construction accidents, a third party claim allows the victim or surviving family to hold wrongdoers accountable who aren’t the victim’s employer. This could be a contractor, equipment manufacturer or land owner.
An experienced New York construction accident lawyer can help you explore all your options, including third party lawsuits.
Source: New York Times, “Staten Island Man, 55, Is Killed By A Falling 15-Foot Pipe,” July 5, 2013