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Construction Accidents

NYC Construction Accident Lawyer Discusses Electrocutions & Handling of Hazardous Energy

Although falls account for the largest number of major construction site injuries and deaths, close to 10% (about 8.6% in 2015) of them occur while someone is working with electricity or other hazardous energy explains Arkady Frekhtman, a NYC construction accident lawyer. Many dangerous assignments are tied to lockout-tagout (LOTO) tasks – they are performed to try and protect workers from sudden surges of power being emitted by machines or various sources of electrical (or other) forms of energy. One older, long-term study states that electrocutions are the fourth major cause of death among construction workers. Depending on the precise tasks...

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NYC Construction Site Falls Remain Deadly

Every few months, another sad news story reveals that a New York City construction worker has fallen to his death. As most construction site managers know, falls are among the “fatal four” most dangerous threats to construction site injuries and deaths. Close to 38.8% of the construction site deaths reported in 2015 were caused by falls. Many falls involve improperly constructed scaffolding, unprotected roof edges; poorly covered holes in floors; and inadequate fall protection training. Highly responsible construction site supervisors can easily prevent all of these problems long before anyone falls. Another Deadly Construction Site Fall in Brooklyn – December 2016 Shortly before...

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The Serious Danger of An Elevation Related Construction Site Accident Demands Serious Attention

A construction site accident and elevation related accidents can have deadly outcomes - literally. The truth is, the likelihood of an accident having a more serious result if it occurs at a construction site or from a height is greatly increased. Lawmakers, safety officials and workers are all aware of this reality. It is one reason why the New York Labor Law (241(6), 240) has put the onus of the responsibility of worker safety on owners of accident site properties and contractors. Accidents on the Rise It is somewhat difficult to fathom that a problem that has such potential for life-changing consequences...

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New York City Construction Accident Lawyers Discuss The Rise of Fatalities at Work Sites

New York City Construction Accidents & Deaths Remain on the Rise A recent New York Times article stated that during the past two years, 31 construction workers have died on the job. Yet for some reason, this reality still hasn’t stirred up any measurable public concern or debate. Hopefully this oversight isn’t due to our city placing an unacceptably low value on the lives of the many young immigrant workers who often die in these accidents. Furthermore, the number of non-fatal construction accidents are also increasing. Approximately 231 were reported in 2014 – representing a 24 percent increase over the prior...

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Construction Accident Lawyer Discusses Demolition Accident

A fatal construction accident occurred on Saturday, December 11, when a steel beam and a piece of tin pierced the cab of an excavator. The accident happened at a Gap distribution center in Fishkill, New York explains New York construction accident lawyer Arkady Frekhtman of the F&A injury law firm in Manhattan. Demolition Work Underway Authorities said a 58-year-old man was involved in demolition work necessitated by an August 29 fire that destroyed a 1.3 million sq-ft structure known as Building 100. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased worker was employed by an environmental remediation company based in Syracuse....

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Construction Accident Lawyer Discusses NYC Construction Safety Act

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, New York City Council took up the Construction Safety Act, consisting of 19 bills designed to make construction sites safer explains a construction accident lawyer at the NYC injury law firm of Frekhtman & Associates. The bill package has the backing of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The proposed new regulations include provisions for: Enhanced fall-safety protection Stiffer penalties for repeat-offender contractors Better tracking of fatalities Accidents Up, Inspections Down A report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health says statewide construction accidents leading to death or injury rose from 128 in 2011 to 435 in...

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NYC Construction Accident Lawyers Discuss Demolition Work

Demolition Work Can Lead to Serious & Fatal Injuries While most construction workers are hired to work for many months or years building skyscrapers from the ground up, others prefer to work on demolition crews that bring buildings down to the ground in a matter of seconds. One of the NYC construction accident lawyers at the F&A injury law firm explain: Although demolition work may look much easier, extensive planning is necessary to bring all structures safely to the ground. Likewise, both types of projects require the hiring of numerous safety engineers to minimize injuries. During any given year, it’s common for...

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New York Trench Accident Lawyer Discusses a Recent Flood that Caused a Tragic Trench Collapse

A trench accident occurred on Friday, October 21, at about 1 p.m. when water suddenly flooded an underground area in Boston’s South end explains a trench accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm in New York City. Witnesses told the Boston Globe that a torrent of brown water suddenly spewed into the trench and across the Dartmouth Street construction zone. The Boston Police Commissioner, William Evans, suggested that a water pipe ruptured for an unknown reason. Trench Suddenly Floods  A number of workers were in the long, narrow trench when it flooded without warning. At least two workers escaped, but two others...

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Queens Crane Accident Claims Two Lives

Overhead Crane Accident

According to the FDNY, at about 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, a crane accident resulted in fatalities. The deadly event happened at a Briarwood construction site at 81-10 134th Street, near the Grand Central Parkway. According to a story published by NY1 News, a beam that was being lifted suddenly fell on the cab of the crane. The 50-year-old crane operator and a 43-year-old worker were crushed and killed. Gusty Winds in Forecast The cause of the accident was not immediately known, although CBSNewYork reported that forecast winds in the area were 20-25 mph with 40 mph gusts. Following a fatal Tribeca...

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New York City Construction Site Accident Lawyer Discusses Worker Fall Down Injuries

In September of 2016, yet another construction worker fell to his death while working on a high-rise project explains a New York City construction site accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm. Initial reports indicated that the 52-year-old man, whose name was initially withheld, passed away after falling 42 stories from a midtown skyscraper located at 1301 Sixth Avenue. A New Lines Structure spokesman told NBC News that the victim was actually the owner of Crowne Architectural Systems. He was declared dead at the scene. Unfortunately, falls like these happen far too often in the construction industry. The Department of...

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