Safety Violations Discovered after Scaffolding-Related Fatality in NYC
This past June, a construction worker was repairing and replacing the brick facade of a building in Hamilton Heights when he fell from the second story of the scaffolding structure. The worker did not survive his injuries, and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) investigated the cause of the fatal scaffolding accident.
Now, reports indicate that two major players in the NYC construction industry lost their licenses as a result of safety violations leading to the accident. The license revocations applied to the heads of Bellet Construction and Zain Contracting. In addition, the DOB issued 15 total aggravated violations to the two men, as well as the building owner, and the penalties add up to $287,500.
Specific Safety Violations
Sometimes, construction workers fall from scaffolding accidentally, and no one was to blame. However, in many cases, scaffolding accidents happen because of serious safety violations on the part of the building owner or construction company. In the above case, the DOB alleges the following, among other violations:
- Not obtaining the necessary permits before building the 50-foot-tall pipe scaffolding structure
- Not having proper guardrails on the scaffolding
- Not having proper planks to support construction workers
- Not providing safety training to the workers regarding scaffolding work
- Lack of proper supervision on the site
- No design drawings for the construction work
- No records of safety inspections
All of these factors combined led to the preventable death of the construction worker in June.
Construction Accidents in NYC
18 people died doing construction work in New York City in 2018 alone, while many others suffered serious injuries. While the DOB aims to increase its inspections of active construction sites, these accidents continue to affect workers and their families in devastating ways. In late summer, a man died when a building collapsed in the Bronx while he was working inside. In June, scaffolding fell from the top of a 12-story building in Brooklyn, causing injuries to at least three people. The DOB issued sanctions for code violations regarding the scaffolding in that accident.
These are just a few recent examples of construction accidents that occur on a regular basis around New York City, many of which involve scaffolding. Scaffolding is often necessary for workers to reach high places to make necessary improvements, repairs, or new construction on high structures.
New York has complex scaffolding laws that provide construction workers - or the families of workers who died - with important legal rights. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a scaffolding accident, you need a highly experienced NYC construction accident attorney on your side to ensure your rights are fully protected.
Contact an Experienced New York City Scaffolding Accident Lawyer for Help
The legal team at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. help construction accident victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. We handle complicated cases involving all types of scaffolding and construction accidents, so please call 917-336-4256 or contact us online for your free case evaluation today.