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NYC Construction Worker Killed By Falling Concrete Slab

The New York City attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are reporting on a developing story of a tragic Manhattan construction accident.

According to various media reports, a 27 year-old construction worker was crushed to death today when a concrete slab fell on him while he was working.

The unidentified man was working at the site, a building that was under construction between 8th and 9th Avenues on Manhattan's west side. The victim was doing excavation work at the time he was crushed by the falling slab. The slab was, reportedly, part of the building's foundation wall prior to it collapsing on top of the unwary worker. The building was supposed to be converted to a 18 story high-rise hotel by a wealthy developer

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and those who loved him.

Buildings and walls within structures are susceptible to collapse, particularly during construction work like demolition and excavation. Often a building or wall collapse is associated with poor design, foundation failure or faulty construction work. The risk of a building or wall collapsing is increased when work is being done to restore a structure that has fallen into disrepair. When a wall collapses, it can be the result of unsafe shoring or bracing, a lack of support, or excessive pressure being placed on the wall.

The circumstances surrounding this tragic accident will be thoroughly investigated by, among other agencies, the New York City Police Department, The Department of Buildings (DOB) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They will determine whether the owner of the building, Sam Chang and the McSam Hotel Group, or the architect, Gene Kaufman, were in any way responsible for this accident. The investigation may lead to fines and could potentially result in criminal charges. Regardless of how the investigation shakes out, an innocent hardworking man lost his life when all he did was show up and try and put an honest day's work in. We will be following the details of the investigation and share them with you as they unfold.

Block O'Toole & Murphy is a law firm that prides itself on helping injured construction workers and their families. The firm has recorded more than $800,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their injured clients. You can learn more about these committed lawyers by reviewing the firm website at www.blockotoole.com.

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/man-dies-caught-falling-concrete-article-1.1949761

http://www.amny.com/news/construction-worker-killed-by-falling-concrete-slab-on-37th-street-1.9387395

Tags: construction accidents, fatal accident

Buildings and walls within structures are susceptible to collapse, particularly during construction work like demolition and excavation. Often a building or wall collapse is associated with poor design, foundation failure or faulty construction work. The risk of a building or wall collapsing is increased when work is being done to restore a structure that has fallen into disrepair. When a wall collapses, it can be the result of unsafe shoring or bracing, a lack of support, or excessive pressure being placed on the wall.

The circumstances surrounding this tragic accident will be thoroughly investigated by, among other agencies, the New York City Police Department, The Department of Buildings (DOB) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They will determine whether the owner of the building, Sam Chang and the McSam Hotel Group, or the architect, Gene Kaufman, were in any way responsible for this accident. The investigation may lead to fines and could potentially result in criminal charges. Regardless of how the investigation shakes out, an innocent hardworking man lost his life when all he did was show up and try and put an honest day's work in. We will be following the details of the investigation and share them with you as they unfold.

Block O'Toole & Murphy is a law firm that prides itself on helping injured construction workers and their families. The firm has recorded more than $800,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their injured clients. You can learn more about these committed lawyers by reviewing the firm website at www.blockotoole.com.

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/man-dies-caught-falling-concrete-article-1.1949761

http://www.amny.com/news/construction-worker-killed-by-falling-concrete-slab-on-37th-street-1.9387395