Even though the construction industry has come under fire in recent years for frequent safety violations, this profession continues to be one of New York City’s dangerous jobs. Dozens of workers are killed and hundreds more are injured at job sites throughout the city each year. In far too many cases, construction accidents are preventable and only occur due to the worksite negligence of a fellow employee, contractor, manager, or another party. Our March construction accident report takes a look at some recent examples.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident, we understand the anguish you’re feeling. While you can’t erase the past, you can make sure the people responsible are held accountable so that others don’t have to suffer from the same traumatic experience. To learn more about your legal rights, get in touch with our New York City construction accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
Brooklyn Construction Worker Killed In Forklift Accident
A construction worker died on the job in Brooklyn after being crushed between a flatbed truck and forklift on Saturday, March 10. The forklift was lifting a payload of scaffolding sites at Stewart St. and Broadway in the Bushwick section of the borough at 3 pm when the accident happened. The weight of the pipes shifted, which caused the forklift to tip over and pin the worker against the flatbed. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and pulled the forklift up before rushing the worker to Brookdale University Medical Center, where he later passed away.
Construction Worker Killed In Bronx Forklift Accident
A 34-year-old construction worker from the Bronx was killed while working from a forklift in Queens on Tuesday, March 13. The man was riding on top of a forklift at the construction site on 89th Avenue near 150th Street, when the forklift driver put the vehicle in reverse. The 34-year-old struck his head on a beam at a low section of the ceiling. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to data from the Department of Buildings, there are five open violations on the site, including one for working without a permit. There were also several active stop-work orders. The DOB issued a violation for failure to safeguard the construction site.
This was the second fatal forklift accident on a New York City construction site this week.
Suffolk County Construction Worker Injured In Sheetrock Accident
A construction worker in Greenport, NY suffered minor leg injuries after an accident which left him trapped beneath sheetrock on Wednesday, March 7. The accident occurred at 10:09 am when the 30-year-old worker was inside of a garage working with sheetrock and eight sheets of the material fell on top of him, trapping him underneath. He screamed for help and neighbors heard him, who contacted emergency responders. He was brought to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment.