Category: Construction Accidents - page 2

December 1, 2016

Barry Washor Settles Brooklyn Case on Behalf of Injured Construction Worker for $2.75 Million

Our partner, Barry Washor, recently settled a case shortly before trial in Kings County Supreme Court for $2.75 million. The case involved an undocumented Mexican national who was 37 years old at the time of the accident. The plaintiff was working as a laborer doing sheet rocking on a construction project. He was standing on..

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November 30, 2016

Dallin M. Fuchs Settles Construction Accident Case for $1.55 Million Where Laborer Lost Vision in One Eye

Our partner, Dallin M. Fuchs, settled a Labor Law 241(6) claim on behalf of a 53 year old construction worker who was injured at a New York City-owned construction site in Queens for the sum of $1,55 million. The worker was attempting to attach a cap onto a pipe. The safety glasses he was using..

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November 22, 2016

Two Construction Workers Killed by Falling Beam at Construction Site in Queens When Hoisting Cable Snapped

In what was originally reported as a crane collapse, it has now been confirmed that two construction workers were killed when a wire hoisting a beam snapped causing the beam to fall. According to the Gothamist, the beam crushed two construction workers resulting in fatal injuries. The deceased workers were the crane operator and his..

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November 21, 2016

21-Year-Old Man Dies After Falling 40-Feet from Forklift Due to “Mechanical Failure”

A 21-year-old Belleville, New Jersey man died after sustaining injuries in a fall from a forklift on Friday. According to the Star Ledger, the man was working at a construction site at the Castle Banquet Hall on Route 23 in Pequannock, New Jersey. The worker was standing on a wooden pallet on the fork end..

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November 7, 2016

Five Construction Workers Fall Off Bridge Into Kingsbury Canal Resulting in One Drowning Death and Four Injuries

Five contract workers for the New York State Department of Transportation fell into the water below the Smiths Basin Bridge on Route 149 in Kingsbury shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Friday. According to a report by Time Warner Cable News, it is believed that a cable broke causing the workers to plunge into Kingsbury Canal…

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October 26, 2016

First Department – Plaintiff Entitled to Summary Judgment Pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) When He Fell Descending a 6-Foot A-Frame Ladder Where Debris Prevented Use of 8-Foot Ladder

In the case, Saavedra v. 89 Park Avenue LLC, et. al., Index 154454/14, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the lower court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on liability pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) and granted plaintiff’s motion. This case involved a plaintiff electrician who was injured when he fell from an A-frame..

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October 11, 2016

First Department Says You Still Need Gravity for a Labor Law 240(1) Case Where Worker Struck by Pipe Being “Flushed”

In the case Joseph v. City of New York, the Appellate Division, First Department reiterated that the application of the force of gravity is still necessary for a plaintiff to prevail on a Labor Law 240(1) case. In this case, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the decision of the lower court and dismissed the..

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September 16, 2016

Architect Killed in Fall from Mid-Town Manhattan Skyscraper Under Construction

A tragedy occurred on Thursday afternoon when a 52-year old architect from New Jersey fell to his death from a skyscraper under construction in Mid-town Manhattan. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the victim, fell to the ground from the 42nd floor of the 46-floor skyscraper near W. 53rd St. and..

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September 14, 2016

Department of Labor Finds Crane Operator to Blame in Deadly TriBeCa Crane Collapse

The deadly TriBeCa crane collapse which occurred in February was initially blamed on high winds. However, in a report by ABC Eyewitness News, it has been revealed that the United States Department of Labor (OSHA) has determined that it was operator error which caused this terrible incident. Specifically, the crane operator, in a rush to..

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June 16, 2016

Elevator Can Be Falling Object Pursuant to New York Labor Law 240(1)

The Appellate Division, First Department held in the case McCrea v Arnlie Realty Co. LLC that an elevator under repair can be a “falling object” within the meaning of New York Labor Law 240(1). The Court upheld Summary Judgment to the inured plaintiff under Labor Law 240(1) stating: “The evidence here establishes that at the..

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