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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A construction worker’s life is often at risk on the job site. Simply put, the nature of their job involves a lot of risk. At times, these risks can turn into a horrible reality, flipping their lives upside-down. Sadly, a construction-site accident in New York resulted in this reality for two workers.

What, or who, caused the accident?

According to sources, Timothy Braico, a senior branch manager for Western Specialty Contractors based in St. Louis, and Terrance Edwards, a site superintendent for the firm, ignored crane regulations and applicable industrial codes established by the city’s Buildings Department and New York’s legislature. This resulted in a significant construction site accident in New York.The following are details of the incident:

  • According to a report, Braico ordered a Jekko mini-crane for the project. However, there were no workers available at the job site with proper training to operate this crane.
  • No safety plan was submitted to the city for the use of the mini-crane, as dictated by regulations. 
  • Edwards directed an ironworker to operate the mini-crane to hoist glass panels up from a lower floor. Edwards didn’t know, or didn’t check, the load capacity of the crane. He didn’t even ask the ironworker to tether it, as per the city’s rules.

As a result, the crane lurched forward, then capsized, before crashing down four stories. As the crane fell, the boom struck both Christopher Jackson and George Delgado. Both workers had been assigned the task of assisting from the floor below.  

What happened to the injured ironworkers?

According to reports, both ironworkers suffered serious injuries because of this construction site accident in New York. Jackson suffered a traumatic head injury, affecting his ability to speak and walk properly. As for Delgado, a severe spinal injury has impaired his walking and movement abilities.

What is the fallout? Both Braico and Edwards face criminal charges for their roles in the reckless endangerment that caused this severe construction site accident in New York. The also face assault charges for the impact this incident has had on the lives of the two construction workers, as well as their families.

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The life of a construction worker is always at risk on a construction site. Construction site accidents can cut a life short unexpectedly. Those who survive the inevitable may receive injuries that turn their lives upside down.  If you are injured in a construction site accident, it is vital to consult with an experienced construction accident attorney in Queens to receive justice.

What types of construction site accidents do construction attorneys deal with? Construction site workers are often surrounded by partially-constructed buildings, dangerous heavy equipment and a variety of unsecured materials that could pose a threat to their lives at any time.

Here are some of the typical construction site accidents handled by construction accident attorneys in the Bronx:

  • Trench collapse
  • Slip and fall
  • Hit by vehicle
  • Electrocution
  • Accidents involving construction machinery
  • Falling heavy debris, materials or objects from heights
  • Accidents from overexertion
  • Fires and explosions
  • Falls from heights or scaffolding
  • Caught between objects, materials or machinery

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The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is a reputed group of experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, New York City, Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

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A lot of construction work is being carried out throughout New York. This particular field definitely offers rewarding jobs to millions of capable workers. But according to the construction accident lawyers in Brooklyn, the jobs in this field do not come without the possibility of dangerous construction-site-accidents. Such accidents can affect your ability to work and earn for your family.

Last week, Jun Cong Wu, a 33-year old Brooklyn-based construction worker met his death because of an accident at construction site at Gramercy Park, Manhattan. Now, another construction site accident has happened on January 24, 2018.

What Happened?

This accident took place at a construction site at 162nd Street and 46th Avenue in Flushing. According to sources, a large boom truck with a crane arm on its bed had been hired for lifting construction materials in Flushing.

But the truck tipped over in the construction zone at around 9:41 am in the morning. The accident resulted in damage to a nearby building as well as cars parked nearby. Fortunately, the incident neither injured nor killed anyone; but the authorities investigated the entire accident and had reason to believe that the general contractor was guilty of not safeguarding the construction site.

Furthermore, the Department of Buildings also levied five different types of fines on the general contractor. The boom truck involved in this construction site mishap was operating without a permit.

The Bottom Line:

Have you been injured in a construction site accident on this site or another job site? Is your injury serious? Only an experienced construction site lawyer in Queens can help you with this process.

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