Youngkil Sim Died While Delivering Goods To KP Farm Market After Illegal Elevator Hoist In The Basement Collapsed; Fatal Workplace Accident Remains Under Investigation
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (March 8, 2018) – A deliveryman was killed in an elevator accident at the KP Farm Market after an illegal hoist in the basement of the building collapsed.
Authorities have been able to identify the victim as Youngkil Sim. KP Farm Market is located on East Flatbush at a food market near Nostrand Avenue.
There was apparently some sort of makeshift hoist that was used to move goods in the basement of the market. For reasons that remain under investigation the elevator fell on him.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to treat Youngkil Sim for his injuries. He was transported to the Kings County Hospital and was later pronounced dead.
A spokeswoman for the Department of buildings said that the hoist was illegally installed and lacked the proper safeguards.
LIABILITY IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FALLING OBJECTS
When a worker is injured or killed in New York they or their family will typically be able to file a claim for worker’s compensation. In addition to worker’s compensation there are a number of laws designed to protect workers from unsafe conditions. In particular, New York Labor Law 240(1) holds building owners and general contractors ultimately responsible for gravity related accidents. When a worker is hit by a falling object, they will usually be able to file a claim for negligence against the business owner and/or the building owner. In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, the court held that an elevator could be considered a falling object under New York Labor Law 240(1).
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic elevator accident that killed Youngkil Sim. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened and steps must be taken to prevent something similar from happening in the future. No family should ever have to suffer through the loss of their loved one due to the negligence of a company that is trying to take short cuts. There are safety rules and OSHA guidelines for a reason. They help prevent injury and keep workers alive.
If you or someone that you love has been injured by a falling elevator you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced elevator accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you’re looking for answers after an accident, need help getting a police report or just have questions about your rights, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need assistance (646) 846-4496.