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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On February 25, 2019, in Construction Accident/Labor Law, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

A construction site is a dangerous place. Even small inattentiveness can result in catastrophic accidents on a construction site.

Failure to take certain safety precautions, or lack of proper safety gear, can lead to construction site accidents. These construction accidents are dangerous and can severely impact the lives of individuals and their families.

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People reach out to personal injury lawyers in NY, or construction accident attorneys, in the event they meet with such a tragedy. Remember, not all accidents are avoidable; however, some injuries are preventable. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent these kinds of injuries.

Dangerous excavation work at NY construction sites

Excavation is the deadliest form of construction work performed today, as per OSHA. Statistics show – There is a 112 percent higher fatality rate for the excavation work as compared to general construction work. Also, OSHA released statistics that indicate that 23 workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016.

Three protective measures for construction trench accidents:

  • Shoring – Using aluminium hydraulics to prevent a trench from caving in.
  • Sloping – It is the process of cutting the trench wall back at an angle that inclines away from the trench.
  • Shielding – Use of trench boxes to prevent a cave-in of the trench.

If an accident does occur, a personal injury lawyer in NY can help you proceed in the right direction and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Other safety tips to include:

  • Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear
  • Participate in all safety training programs offered by your employer
  • It is very important that you get proper training whenever you begin a new job or use new machinery
  • Don’t work in bad weather conditions. In case of storm, wind or icy weather, one should avoid working. The dangers can be as severe as electrocution
  • Learn to lift items properly as it will avoid back problems. Also, a back brace is suggested

If you or your loved one has been injured in a construction accident, or any other type of accident, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Queens, who will give the right advice and help you proceed in the right direction. Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today!

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Construction accident can result in fatalities for victims. For those who do not suffer this fate, the injuries suffered affect the entire course of life. That’s right! These severe injuries can result in the loss of limbs or bodily function, or a reduction in the victim’s ability to perform daily routine tasks and earn money. Extreme weather conditions, heights and heavy-duty machines are some things that increase the chance of a life-threatening accident at construction sites.

These accidents can affect a victim’s personal, family and professional lives in many ways. This is exactly where our experienced construction accident lawyers prove their value in a victim’s life by protecting their financial interests. Before moving further, it is important to know the factors that lead to fatal accidents at construction sites.

Some reasons for construction accidents:

According to the experienced construction site attorneys in the Bronx, below are the leading factors behind construction accidents:

  • Scaffolding/decking malfunction
  • Defective machinery
  • Crane and heavy equipment accidents
  • Falling heavy objects and machinery
  • Failure to use proper safety equipment
  • Slips and falls from heights/roofs/ladders
  • Machinery’s collision with construction workers
  • Fall into trenches or some other areas that are excavated
  • Failure to comply with Industrial Codes

How construction accident attorneys help victims?

Most importantly, this is the key thing you should seek an answer to. Life after a construction site accident changes significantly for the victim. How? Let’s see below:

  • You can die.
  • You can be injured badly resulting in time and money spent in the hospital.
  • You could be in a coma.
  • The expense of your recovery, medical and healthcare procedures can affect you, as well as, your family’s financial life.
  • You lose income because you are not able to go to work unless you recover fully.
  • Your ability to work and earn is reduced due to ongoing conditions.

More to the point, you need someone who can safeguard your financial interests to help make sure you have money available to handle your daily needs, and the needs of your family. This is where the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a group of experienced construction accident lawyers in Bronx, Queens, Nassau County, Brooklyn, New York, Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island, can help you move in the right direction.

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