Construction site accident

Construction site accidents happen suddenly. The impact of such mishaps are hard to describe with words. One such mishap, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has happened recently.

More details about the accident:

This construction site accident happened in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Wednesday night. Actually, a concrete slab came crashing down suddenly from a 30-story, under-construction condo at 1059 Third Avenue. The debris that fell entered a nearby, six-story apartment building, through the roof. The location of the affected apartment is East 63rd Street and Third Avenue. 

Anybody injured?

A man reported suffering minor personal injuries because of the 6-inch thick concrete slab that came crashing down on him. The incident occurred when he was taking a shower shortly before 9 p.m.

According to Steven Jones, 34, a resident and the eyewitness, he was in inside his studio apartment at that time. He suddenly heard a loud, explosion-like sound. He immediately came out of his washroom only to see a cloud of thick, black dust and a huge hole in his ceiling. According to Jones, if he would have been in his kitchen, he would have died in this construction site accident.

The debris blocked his front door completely, as well as the fire escape. Firefighters managed to mount the fire escape and access a window to get to Jones and dig him out of the building. The debris only inflicted damage to one floor of the building. The rest of the building’s structure is strong, says the department of buildings.

Officials have now fully inspected the building under construction on Thursday. They have issued a full stop work order. They have decided to take further enforcement actions once the ongoing investigation is completed.  Keep coming back to our website to get any latest news related to this construction site accident. We will keep you posted with updates related to this mishap.

This type of accident can cause catastrophic injuries.  These injuries can be compensated under Labor Law §240.  If you or a loved one is injured in an elevation related injury (either a fall from an elevation or an object falling from an elevation), call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620.  We are here to help.

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Construction worker Accident

Construction workers have to work under dangerous conditions. At times, these conditions show their true colors and severely affect victims for the rest of their lives. A horrible construction accident like this has occurred. An accident that resulted in the severed legs of a construction worker from Long Island.  

The details of this accident:

The accident happened at about 8 a.m. in the morning on Wednesday at Corncrib and Locust Lanes in Roslyn Heights. The worker was part of a crew working to carry out the installation process of a gas main under the roadway.  

This 39-year-old Grace Industries worker was knocked into a 10-foot hole by a huge steel plate. The steel plate then landed on him and severed his legs below the knee.

Who rescued the worker?

Co-workers at the construction site said the victim had just recently started working for Grace. Nassau County police had to climb into the hole to rescue the victim, using tourniquets to control the bleeding.

Medics arrived at the scene as soon as possible and rushed him to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition was reported as stable by the hospital.

Grace Industries was carrying out the roadwork for another company named National Grid, a natural gas company. Grace immediately stopped the work and initiated an investigation of the accident. However, the company declined comment and provided no further details about this accident. Since this is a developing story, keep coming back to our website to get updates about this accident.

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How Labor Law Section 240 Protects Construction Workers

On May 9, 2019, in Message/News Board, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Construction workers often have to work hard, under life-threatening conditions. Such conditions or challenges multiply the chances of accidents that can often result in death. Even if they survive from their injuries, their life changes completely because of the nature or severity of them.

What is section 240?

According to experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, a lot of them struggle to get the compensation they deserve. It is mainly because of their lack of knowledge about Labor Law Section 240.

Section 240 is known as Scaffolding Law. The main purpose of this law was to protect construction workers from injury because of falls or any falling objects. According to the experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, you can’t claim compensation unless one of two conditions is fulfilled:

  • You fall from an elevation. 
  • For example:
    • Scaffold or ladder without the required safety device.
    • The safety device malfunctioned.
  • Tool or debris falls from an elevation you were working under.

Many additional conditions have to be considered while filing a construction accident lawsuit to claim the compensation you expect and deserve. Just remember, understanding these points is not enough to jump in a file a claim. A lot of things have to be done. There are many more things that only an experienced construction accident attorney in the Bronx can explain. Their wealth of experience and knowledge can be the help you need.

The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a reputed group of experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Manhattan is the right help for you.

There are many more things that only an experienced construction accident attorney in the Bronx can explain. Their wealth of experience and knowledge can be the help you need. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a reputed group of experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Manhattan is the right help for you.

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Brooklyn Construction Worker Awarded $3.4 Million after Losing His Finger

Construction site accidents can injure or kill, and significantly impact victims’ lives. The list of construction site accident victims in the United States increases year-by-year. One of those on this list is Leslie Smith, a Brooklyn construction worker, who has suffered through this horrible experience.

Construction Accident in Detail:

Leslie Smith, the 61-year-old plaintiff, was mixing cement on a construction site in January 2010. He was mixing cement for a three-story building. This building is located at 17 Lefferts Place.

According to reports, his two co-workers were positioned on a scaffold. He was waiting for them to signal him to send up more buckets of cement using a rope and pulley system installed there. Suddenly, a plank came crashing down from almost 30 foot above and crushed his right hand beneath an iron bar.

What about the Jury trial?

The Jury trial lasted for over four days in front of Judge Lorna McAlister in Kings County where Leslie Smith was awarded $3.4 million for his suffering. He received $1.4 million for his past suffering. And, for his pain and future suffering, he was awarded $2 million.

Who Testified in Favor of Leslie Smith?

Dr. Barry Katzman’s testimony was compelling. He testified that the plaintiff’s ring finger became gangrenous. Therefore, Smith had to have it amputated. Furthermore, Smith suffered personal injuries in the form of a tendon tear in his shoulder and knee complications.

Who was building’s owner?

TNTR Management, LLC owned the building. MRM Development Company, LLC was the general contractor. Mr. Roy D. was the subcontractor. The court held all three defendants jointly and severely responsible for this mishap under labor law section 240.

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