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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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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Safety Tips for Construction Site Workers in NYC

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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