New York City is always growing, with a variety of construction projects underway at any given moment. This is one of the busiest construction industries in the world, but also one of the most dangerous. Construction worker fatalities have reached all-time highs in recent years, and nonfatal injuries continue to be a major problem. Our NYC construction accident report takes a look at some recent examples of construction-related accidents from across the city and other parts of New York State.
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2 Construction Workers Killed By Falling Objects In Upstate NY
Two construction workers were killed in a tragic accident when several 800-pound slabs of countertop material fell on them while they were unloading it from a trailer in Lockport, NY. Eleven slabs of the material collapsed onto the workers at around 1:30 am on Monday, June 25 at the XPO Logistics Facility. Local police and the company are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Security Guard Killed, Construction Worker Injured In Manhattan Work Accident
The NYC Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order at the building site for what will eventually be one of Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers after a work accident left a security guard dead and construction worker injured. The accident happened on Saturday, May 26 when an 8-foot by 14-foot glass plate weighing several thousand pounds fell on top of a 67-year-old security guard at 217 W. 57th St. The construction worker was injured while attempting to rescue the security guard.
Traffic Halted After Tractor-Trailer and Construction Vehicle Collide
Traffic was halted on the Mario Cuomo-Tappan Zee Bridge during the morning rush hour on Friday, June 8 after a tractor-trailer and construction vehicle collided. The two vehicles collided at around 5:13 a.m. and traffic was heavily delayed until about 9 a.m. The tractor-trailer was overturned in the accident. Tow trucks were brought in to remove the tractor-trailer. There were also some minor injuries reported.
Construction Worker Seriously Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver
A construction worker was severely injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Staten Island on Wednesday, May 30. The man was standing in the street at Post Avenue and Driprock Street in West Brighton directing trucks into a construction yard when he was struck by the vehicle at around 3:30 p.m. He said a gray Chevy Silverado sped past and hit him with a trailer it was pulling from behind.
He suffered full-body abrasions and a severe leg injury – his leg was shattered in three different places and is currently held together with rods. No arrests have been made yet.