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.
An experienced MTA worker is in the burn unit of New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a subway explosion several days ago. Suffering from severe burns on much of his body, he is the most critically injured of four transport workers harmed in the accident.
Two people were hospitalized for electrical burns after working on a faulty transformer Tuesday outside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. The museum workers suffered burns to their arms, according to the NYC Fire Department. The malfunctioning transformer caused the museum to stay closed on Tuesday.
A 43-year-old New York City sanitation worker died Saturday when a coworker hit him with a street sweeper in Queens.
Construction crew members barely escaped with their lives after falling two floors when a Brooklyn house collapsed on Wednesday.
Approximately 41 percent of New York City construction workers consider themselves as Latino, yet 74 percent of all construction accident deaths involve a Latino worker.
In January 2011, an employee at Tortilleria Chinantla was killed when he was pulled into a dough-mixing machine. The 22-year-old victim was survived by a girlfriend and daughter, but they were sadly informed that they wouldn't receive any workers' compensation death benefits.
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.