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.
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 man in his 40s died at a Queens construction site after falling five stories down an open elevator shaft. The fatal accident is especially troubling because a simple safety precaution could have saved his life.
It was six years ago when a crane collapsed in Manhattan, killing two construction workers. The families of victims Donald Leo, 30, and Ramadan Kurtaj, 27, needed answers to how such a tragedy could happen.
A 43-year-old construction worker has settled a construction injury lawsuit against New York City for $6.3 million.
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.
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.
Many Construction Accidents can be prevented if property owners, contractors, subcontrators follow the law and provide protection for the men and women who work at these dangerous jobs. The NYC Department of Buildings just completed a survey with the following statistics only 55% of the construction sites were in compliance with existing rules and regulations. 33% of the job sites were out of compliance and 12% of the sites were so far out of compliance that the work site had to be closed down. Construction workers who are injured on the job are losing income and their health unnecessarily. People working at a height without protection or on inadequate scaffolding will suffer serious injuries including fractures and head injuries; improperly secured equipment can cause permanent injuries to workers.
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.