MTA Worker St. Clair Richards Stephens Killed In Subway Station Accident After Falling From Tunnel
HARLEM, NEW YORK (March 24, 2018) – A 23-year-old man was tragically killed as he was cleaning a subway station tunnel when the rail he was leaning against broke and sent him falling 20 feet at the East Harlem train station.
Manhattan police have been able to identify the MTA Worker that fell do his death as St. Clair Richards Stephens.
The 23-year-old MTA Worker was apparently cleaning debris from the tunnel around 4:50 a.m.
St. Clair Richards Stephens fell onto the south 6 train tracks and suffered a severe head injury.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the subway station accident in order to treat the victim.
Unfortunately, the MTA worker was later pronounced dead at the scene.
LIABILITY IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FALLS
When a worker is injured or killed in New York they or their family will typically be able to receive workers compensation. In addition to worker’s compensation, there are a number of laws designated to protect workers that have dangerous positions. When a worker is injured or killed in a gravity related accident, they may be able to file a third party liability claim for damages. Under New York Labor Law 240(1) business owners and general contractors are ultimately held liable for gravity related accidents. Workers should be given proper safety gear in order to prevent falls. OSHA guidelines indicate that when a worker is 6 feet or above off the ground, they should be given safety equipment to prevent falls. Beams should also be structurally sound and not prone to collapse.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened by the tragic death of St. Clair Richards Stephens. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims family as they continue to mourn such an incredible loss. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Why didn’t the victim have safety gear that may have possibly prevented this fall? This is an absolute tragedy and steps need to be put in place to make sure that something similar doesn’t happen again. We encourage anyone that may have seen what happened to reach out to OSHA investigators (212) 337-2378.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed after falling in a work accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced MTA accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.