On June 26, when a scaffolding collapsed, six construction workers suffered injury at a Queens construction site accident in Long Island City.
The incident occurred at 42-20 27th Street, between 42nd Road and Queens Plaza South, according to ABC7NY.
Workers were doing construction on the building’s fifth floor and pouring concrete when the scaffolding failed. All injuries were non-life threatening, but some injuries were serious.
NBC New York reported that the Department of Buildings stopped the work and issued the contractor an aggravated violation for failing to maintain a safe site.
High Fatality Rates Due to Construction Site Accidents
In August 2016, CBS News ran an article that reported one in five worker fatalities in 2014 occurred in the construction industry. The top causes of construction worker deaths were falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught between objects, equipment or material.
What NY Laws Protect Construction Workers?
New York Labor Law Section 240 (1) has provisions to protect workers that use ladders and scaffolding. Building agents and contractors must properly maintain scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes and other devices so workers are not at risk for accidents and injury.
In fact, scaffolding must be constructed to bear four times the maximum weight required when in use.
Violations of NY Labor Law that cause construction site accidents can make contractors and building owners liable for damages.
For Serious Construction Site Accidents, Seek Legal Help Immediately
When a construction worker is seriously injured or dies in a construction site accident and you suspect a contractor or building owner was at fault, consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee can evaluate the accident and hold liable parties accountable. Seeking compensation for damages can help a family member recover from a serious injury or help the family deal with the consequences of a tragic fatality.
Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP primarily focuses its practice on personal injury cases.