Construction sites can be dangerous, especially in a place full of skyscrapers, like New York City. There is a significant danger that falling objects will cause serious harm when construction is being done on buildings that are several stories tall. Cranes, platforms or scaffolding collapsing and falling from hundreds of feet up can create devastating accidents down below. Even small objects, like a dropped power tool or shard of glass, can cause serious injury.
Falling objects are one of the deadliest causes of construction accidents in the U.S., causing 82 deaths in 2013. Just last week, an accident in Jersey City exemplified the danger a falling tool presents.
This time of year, it is difficult to go anywhere in the city without encountering construction sites. Of course, construction foremen and government regulators ensure that these zones are safe for residents, pedestrians and motorists, right?
To avoid placing yourself between a heavy object and the ground is to follow a basic human instinct. But construction workers routinely make their living by putting themselves in dangerous situations. They must rely on their coworkers and reliable equipment to escape unscathed. Sadly, accidents do occur.
In 2009, a young man was walking in Central Park when a large tree branch snapped overhead and fell on him. The branch damaged his lungs, spinal cord and brain, leaving him paralyzed and cognitively disabled.
A woman was simply trying to get a workout at an Upper East Side fitness center last week. Instead, she was taken to the hospital after a freak accident.
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.
A 66-year-old man was killed in a tragic accident at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. The patient was crushed by a gamma camera during a routine diagnostic procedure. The Infinia Hawkeye 4 gamma camera involved in the fatal accident weighs more than 5,000 pounds. General Electric (GE) Healthcare manufactured the camera and is responsible for its maintenance.
A 24-year-old man recently died in a construction accident in upstate New York. The victim, an Irish immigrant, was unloading a 1,700 pound pipe from the back of a flatbed truck when the pipe shifted and fell onto him, pinning him to the ground.
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