Even though activists and oversight groups have been trying to tackle the problem, preventable construction accidents continue to be a serious issue plaguing New York City. Every month, innocent workers are injured and sometimes killed due to a lack of appropriate safety. Our NYC construction accident report for February 28, 2018, looks at some recent examples from the city and throughout the state of New York.
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Man Rescued After Building Collapse At Brooklyn Construction Site
A non-worker civilian was rescued after a building collapse at a construction site in Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 27. The accident occurred on the 400 block of Rutland Road in the Wingate section of the borough at around 12:30 pm.
According to the FDNY, a vacant 100-year-old building was under deconstruction and partially collapsed, trapping the man underneath debris. He was stuck there for about an hour and a half before crews rescued him. He was listed with critical but non-life-threatening injuries.
The Department of Buildings issued three citations for negligence at the site – including work without a permit for removal of sections of a building, failure to maintain the building in a code-compliant manner, and failure to safeguard workers and property.
Young Girl Injured After Piece Of Wood Falls From Construction Site
An 8-year-old girl suffered serious head injuries when she was struck by a piece of wood which fell from a construction site in New York City on February 25. The girl and her family were leaving their apartment in Queens when the large piece of plywood fell from a construction site above and struck her in the head.
According to the girl’s father, he had asked the workers to stop working while his family passed by, but they refused.
The girl was treated at New York Presbyterian Hospital for a concussion and large gash on her head. She required three staples on her head for the gash.
The Department of Buildings is investigating the accident and has already issued three violations for failing to safeguard a construction site and performing unpermitted work. A full stop-work order was also issued following the accident.
Upstate NY Construction Worker Critically Injured In Work Accident
A construction worker suffered critical injuries in Tappan, New York on Friday, February 23. The accident happened at a renovation project for the German Masonic Home building at 120 Western Highway. Two workers were attempting to clear a clogged debris chute when the chute detached and collapsed onto a 49-year-old worker.
The worker was crushed by the weight of the chute and could not breathe. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and ambulance corps members worked together to free the man, who was brought to Nyack Hospital in critical condition.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Orangetown police detective bureau, the Rockland County Sherrif’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Orangetown building and fire inspectors.