A Bronx construction worker is dead after being crushed yesterday by a cement truck. At the beginning of every calendar year people mark the first occurrence iof many events. Tragically, this work-related death is the first fatal construction workers’ accident in 2015. Unfortunately, it likely will be the first of too many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones of the victim of this tragic accident. We hope they are able to summon the strength to endure this extremely difficult time.
How did something like this happen? Reports indicate that a mechanism was holding up this massive truck. In construction parlance — the cement truck was being hoisted. This unsuspecting worker was performing his job duties underneath the cement truck when the hoisting mechanism failed. The mechanism holding up the truck gave way and the truck collapsed, pinning the defenseless victim underneath. He was crushed. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The tragedy was given very little fanfare by local media. Work related fatalities are all too common in the eyes of the New York media.
This is a perfect illustration of the importance of worker safety laws in New York. When someone comes to you and advocates for weakening worker safety laws, we hope that you point to this accident as one of the reasons that they should not only be preserved but strengthened.
New York laws seek to protect construction workers who are exposed to elevated related risks. Often, these laws protect workers who are working at heights, like on a scaffold or a ladder. They also protect workers who are working underneath objects that are being hoisted and/or secured.
When one of the parties charged with work site safety fails to provide a safe work environment and that failure causes a worker to be seriously injured or killed, those parties are held responsible for the death. Sometimes their failures stem from a failure to provide any safety equipment; on other occasions they are the result of providing safety equipment that is inadequate for the job or fails during the performance of the work. In this particular accident, the likely cause is that the hoisting equipment used to lift the cement truck was either the wrong device for the undertaking or a device that was in shoddy condition.
The laws recognize that the everyday worker does not have the ability in most instances to make jobsite safety decisions. Rather, the general contractor’s, foremen, construction managers, owners and developers are the ones in charge of safety protocol. That is why under the law they are the parties held legally accountable when unsafe work conditions result in a serious accident.
The family of this deceased worker will undoubtedly struggle to make sense of this tragedy. They will face emotional and financial challenges. Anyone in this situation will need a lawyer or a team of lawyers who is willing and capable of fighting on their behalf. A lawsuit will never change what happened but hopefully it will afford them the opportunity to cope with this loss and the security to be comfortable financially moving forward.
Block O’Toole & Murphy is a New York law firm committed to fighting on behalf of injured workers. They boast a deep bench of talented and committed lawyers who appreciate what it is like for a family to struggle through hard times. The evidence of their skills can be found in their results. The firm has recovered more than $800 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients and their families. They have more published results according to the New York Law Journal and the Jury Verdict Reporter than any other firm in New York State that exceed $1,000,000 during 2012, 2013 and 2014.
You can learn more about these lawyers and how they have helped construction workers and their families by reviewing the firm website at www.blockotoole.com or by calling 212-736-5300.
News story: http://www.ny1.com/content/221499/construction-worker-fatally-crushed-by-truck-at-bronx-site/