Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in New York City, with dozens of fatal accidents and countless other injuries happening each year. Although the city is trying to improve this problem with new laws and regulations, construction workers continue to get hurt and killed on the job. Our July NYC construction accident report takes a closer look at some recent construction accidents from throughout the city.
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2 Construction Workers Injured In Harlem Crane Accident
Two construction workers were injured after a miniature crane rolled over and fell from the fourth floor of a building in East Harlem on June 25, 2018. The workers were installing a curtainwall panel when the accident happened, sending the crane falling onto the street below.
The Department of Buildings issued five safety violations to the site’s general contractor and mini-crane operator:
- Failure to safeguard a construction site
- Unsafe operation of the mini-crane
- Illegal unpermitted operations of the mini-crane
- Failure to provide operator certification for use of mini-crane
- Failure to provide necessary hoist machine rigging certification for use of mini-crane
Additionally, a full stop-work order was issued to the site.
Construction Firm Pleas Guilty For Worker Death In Manhattan
The construction company in charge of a work site in the Financial District pled guilty to manslaughter in a case involving a worker falling 29 stories to his death. Additionally, the company agreed to pay out over $800,000 in restitution to victims of wage theft and the state of New York for insurance fraud schemes.
SSC High Rise Inc. pled guilty to manslaughter in the second degree for causing the death of a 44-year-old construction worker. Equipment that was in violation of city regulations was found to contribute to the fatal accident.
3 People Injured When Car Crashes Into Brooklyn Construction Trailer
Three people were injured when a car crashed into a parked construction trailer in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 28. A man driving a sedan crashed into the trailer near Humbolt Street and Bushwick Avenue at around 3:10 a.m.
The 29-year old driver was brought to the hospital in serious condition. His passenger was also brought to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A third person was inside the trailer and brought to the hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury.
Manhattan Construction Worker Killed By Falling Beam
A Manhattan high-rise construction site was shut down by the Department of Buildings after a worker was killed by a falling piece of scaffolding on Thursday, July 12. A stop-work order was issued after the 28-year-old male worker was fatally struck by the piece of scaffolding, which fell 12 stories before hitting the man.
The general contractor managing the site did not have an active permit for facade repair. The Department of Buildings issued a violation and full stop-work order and has launched a full investigation. The department also said that additional enforcement actions may be taken.