A ceiling collapse seriously injured three male construction workers, all of whom were rescued by the FDNY and taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Two of the men are in serious condition. One suffered a serious head wound. Another was trapped under debris and had to be excavated by a special FDNY unit. Other information is not yet available.
The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the former Touro College building located at 160 Lexington Avenue and 30th Street. The men were reportedly standing on a third floor scaffold, performing work that was part of ongoing renovations taking place in the building, when the ceiling collapsed and injured them. It is being reported that it was a 20-by-20 section of a suspended ceiling that collapsed. The cause is still under investigation by the department of buildings and other authorities.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigations, the effect of this collapse on the injured workers and their families is likely going to be a gruelingly long road of pain ahead. And sadly, their pain is all too familiar to construction workers and their families across the Country.
Despite federal, state and local regulations on work at construction sites, the risks of construction work are still far too great and tragic accidents are still far too frequent. Block O'Toole & Murphy fights to protect the rights of those injured, or tragically killed, in construction accidents. We are committed to helping injured construction workers and their families during a very difficult time. Our clients appreciate the care, attention and expertise we bring to their cases. Our attorneys not only have extensive knowledge and experience in this area of law, but are at the forefront of the laws' changes and developments. In New York State, construction workers are protected by the Labor Law, which sets strict safety standards and enables injured workers to recover from site owners and general contractors who have violated the law. For example, the New York law would enable a worker injured by a ceiling collapsing onto them to pursue a lawsuit against the site owner and general contractor. The law permits injured workers or family members of a killed worker to seek compensation for their significant losses, including medical expenses, wages lost, and extreme pain and suffering. Block O'Toole & Murphy works to maximize our clients' recovery under the law and to bring comfort, support and relief to their sad stories.