For the past several years, preventable construction accidents, injuries, and deaths have become a serious problem in New York City and throughout the country. Unions and worker safety advocacy groups have worked to demand better safety standards, but these accidents still happen far too often. This week, there were at least three serious construction accidents in New York which resulted in deaths and injuries to construction workers.
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Two NYC Construction Workers Die Hours Apart In Workplace Accidents
Two construction workers in New York City died in two separate work accidents just hours apart on Tuesday, January 23. These deaths are just the latest in what has become an epidemic of fatal construction accidents in the nation’s largest city – many of which are preventable and the result of worksite negligence.
Elevator Technician Plummets To Death At Manhattan Job Site
In the first incident, a 33-year-old elevator technician was working from the ninth floor of his work site when he plummeted down the elevator shaft. The accident occurred at around 8:50 a.m. at East 24th Street near Park Avenue South in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.
The worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 12-story building he was working from had 20 safety complaints in 2017, including one that claimed that employees were working without safety straps or railings. According to a Buildings Department spokesperson, the worker was not strapped to a safety line when the accident occurred. This is a direct violation of OSHA safety regulations, which require employers to provide guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems for all workers who are working from heights of 6 feet or higher.
Second Construction Worker Falls To Death In Queens
Just hours later, a second construction worker fell to his death while working on a bathroom renovation project in Queens. The 26-year-old employee was working from the sixth floor of a building on Saunders St. in Rego Park when he fell from a window. According to the Department of Buildings, the project was being done without a permit. The owner of the building was cited for violations related to unsanctioned renovations and a failure to safeguard workers.
Construction Truck Falls And Crushes Multiple Vehicles In Queens
A construction work truck suddenly fell onto its side while workers were using it to haul beams at a work site in Queens on Wednesday, January 24. In the process, the truck’s boom fell onto several parked cars and a nearby wall, causing severe property damage. The accident happened near the intersection of 163rd Street and 46th Avenue in the Flushing section of the borough. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in relation to the incident.
Two Construction Workers Injured In Geneva Building Collapse
Emergency response teams rescued two construction workers who were trapped inside of a building after it collapsed on Tuesday, January 23 in Geneva, NY. The building was under construction and located on the property of Geneva Foreign and Sports. Five employees were working on the site when the accident occurred. One worker was trapped inside the building, while the other was working from a lift outside of the building and got pinned during the collapse. Both men were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and both are expected to recover. According to emergency responders, strong winds of up to 40 mph may have played a role in the collapse. OSHA is currently investigating the cause of the accident.