A Queens man was killed on Monday in an industrial accident in Melville. The 23-year-old man was a truck driver unloading debris. He was found lying behind his truck, according to Suffolk County police sources.
A Long Island painting and stucco contractor is facing a $460,350 OSHA fine for safety violations. This is the sixth penalty levied against Painting and Decorating Inc. in Ronkonkoma since 2008. The most recent fine is also the largest.
The penalty was imposed after OSHA inspected a work site in Manhasset last March. The violations included improper scaffold inspection, missing cross braces and planks on scaffolding, lack of fall protection and lack of protective helmets for workers, and no falling objects protection. The total number of violations was 15 - 10 repeat citations and five serious violations.
One worker was killed and two others were injured in a Hudson Valley construction accident. The Orange County project was part of a New York City water improvement effort in the Village of Maybrook. The workers were pouring concrete into forms when one of the walls collapsed and fell onto the workers. The accident occurred around 12:30 Monday.
A uniformed traffic agent was hit at 44th Street between Fifth and Madison on Saturday afternoon in front of the Cornell Club. The enforcement agent was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.
According to NYPD, the victim was pinned under a large street-cleaning truck. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. Some witnesses speculated that the traffic agent was too short for the driver of the big vehicle to see. Although passersby called out for the driver to stop, he kept moving forward and struck the agent. The driver of the truck was also taken to the hospital where his wife reported that he was in shock.
Some on-the-job accidents and injuries can be predicted. If a construction company does not provide fall protection, workers are almost certainly going to get hurt. If a retail establishment doesn't clean up spills promptly, employees and customers alike are at risk of slipping. If bus companies do not make safety inspections regularly, buses and trains can be involved in accidents. However, most workers give little thought to cars in workplace parking lots, but accidents that injure employees can and do happen.
Take a recent event at a Westwood, New Jersey, Trader Joe's. A car backing out of a handicapped parking space suddenly lurched forward, crushing an employee who had just completed her shift and was retrieving a shopping cart from in front of the store to do her own shopping. The victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with what was described as massive trauma to her lower extremities.
The experienced lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following what is being reported as a serious building collapse in the Bronx this morning. Two people were seriously injured.
According to media reports, the building collapse took place at 2601 Westchester Avenue in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx, just steps from the 6 subway line. The two victims were rushed to Jacobi Hospital.
A police officer who was injured on the job is suing - not his employer, but a major landowner in the City of New York, Columbia University. The detective, whose stellar career has been the subject of numerous stories and has had book written about him, claims that the university did not provide proper lighting on a construction site, causing him to crash into a scaffold while chasing a suspect.
His injuries apparently ended his 22-year career. In response to the lawsuit, the university has said, in essence that the officer was not watching where he was going and was running too fast.
The detective's attorney said that the university, "incredibly blames [him] for not being more careful when chasing a fleeing suspect."
According to a recently released Public Citizen report, "The Price of Inaction: The Cost of Unsafe Construction in New York City," almost two-thirds of the 36 construction workers who died on the job in New York City in 2011 and 2012 died on sites where workers did not receive state-approved training and apprenticeship programs.
The law only requires companies operating under conventional city contracts to provide safety training. This has been proven to reduce construction accidents, injuries and fatalities. According to Keith Wrightson, a worker safety and health advocate at Public Citizen, "We owe it to construction workers to improve safety policies, and expanding training requirements would be an effective change." The city also funds construction projects through "public benefit corporations," which finance public projects through tax incentive financing. These projects do not have the same training requirements.
The report estimates that fatal construction accidents cost more than $180 million in 2011 and 2012.
A construction worker in the Central New York Village of Pulaski was blown off a roof and fell to his death on November 18,2013. The 23-year old worker was carrying roofing material when he fell 24 feet from the roof of the F. X. Caprara Ford Dealership construction site The victim was from the nearby community of Turin and was working for M..T. Design in Watertown installing a metal roof.
Winds gusted to more than 40 mph in parts of upstate New York. In addition to knocking the worker off the roof, the wind also took a piece of roofing tile.
As a follow up to our previous blogs, additional information has been gathered about the construction worker who died this past Friday after falling about 70 feet from an unprotected area on a 6-story NYU building. The fatal accident occurred at 19 University Place, where the school had contracted for facade repairs. Worker Jaime Sillart, 56, fell onto the roof of an adjacent building at about 11:30 am and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The hoist area where the worker fell was supposed to have safety protections, like guardrails, but did not according to Department of Buildings officials after an investigation was conducted. Additionally, they commented that Mr. Sillart, of Bergenfield New Jersey, also did not have the proper training certification to work on a support scaffold. A full stop work order was issued to the building on Friday. As a result of this tragedy The Department of Buildings issued several violations including violations for Mr. Sillart's lacking of proper certification, the lack of a guardrail system, no fall protection, loose planks on the scaffold and hoist equipment in disrepair.
Mr. Sillart, who delivered brick and concrete to masons at the jobsite, had only been with the company performing the work, D.P. Consulting and Construction Company, for three weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. This accident is just another example of how important it is to have the proper safety precautions in place for construction workers who often are working at elevated heights and engaged in work that is inherently dangerous.
The construction accident and wrongful death attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP have unparalleled experience and expertise in construction injury cases and wrongful death actions. Our trial attorneys work hard to ensure that the victims, and their families, of these horrible tragedies recover to the fullest extent possible under the law. In a wrongful death suit, the family of a victim can claim compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of financial support. They can also seek compensation for intangible damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Contact experienced New York construction accident and wrongful death lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy to find out what legal options you may have. To learn more about the firm and our significant recoveries for our clients go to www.blockotoole.com or contact the firm at 212-736-5300.