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January 2016 Archives

Construction Worker Seriously Injured in Fall Down Manhattan Elevator Shaft

A construction worker was critically injured at a Manhattan construction site yesterday. The worker lost his balance while standing on a ladder. He fell into an elevator shaft, culminating in a terrifying four-story fall. He landed on metal rebar which impaled him, leaving him with massive injuries and in excruciating pain.

The Debate Continues: Are Non-Union Work Sites Putting Workers' Lives At Risk?

The increased rate of construction in and around New York City has come with the unfortunate but still very avoidable consequence of increased risk to construction workers. Awareness of the issue, however, only seems to come on the heels of another terrible accident. Just this past Wednesday, January 27, 2016, a construction worker was critically injured when he fell four stories and was impaled on steel rebar at a site near Union Square, 34 West 17th Street. Consequently, a hard hitting piece was put out by PIX11, attached below.

Construction Worker Falls Five Stories, Is Impaled By Rebar At A Manhattan Building Near Union Square

A frightening New York City construction accident happened yesterday, Wednesday January 27, 2016, at approximately 8:25a.m. The worker, whose name has yet to be revealed, was performing work at 34 West 17th Street in Manhattan, a 12-story building currently under construction for conversion into condominiums. According to reports, the worker fell as many as five stories to the basement level of the building, where he landed on a piece (or multiple pieces) of rebar, which impaled him. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, "rebar" is shorthand for reinforcing bar, and is a mesh of steel wires threaded into the shape of a rod, which is used to hold concrete. A witness, Chuck Hayes, was quoted as saying, "he was on a stretcher and had a piece of rebar in his stomach. It was sticking out 8 to 10 inches...". The worker was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with serious injuries, and we are relieved to see reports that he is currently in stable condition.

The Myth of "Just Part Of The Job"

It is not uncommon to her construction referred to as a dangerous line of work. Phrases such as "injuries are just part of the job" and "construction sites are dangerous" are commonly stated without any additional thought about the implications. Construction injuries have been on the rise in recent years, and this attitude is not helping.

3 Year-Old Survives Frightening Fall Down Elevator Shaft at Villa Barone Catering Hall in Bronx

A 3-year-old who was attending a wedding rehearsal at the Villa Barone Manor in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx fell 10 feet down an elevator shaft. Workers and concerned family members used a ladder to rescue the brave youngster who was alone down in the shaft. Thankfully, the toddler was not seriously injured and the hope is that the wedding will include the young participant as a ring bearer later this week. We get to the 'how and why' in this brief piece.

Follow-up on Recent Elevator Accident

Since our previous blog post on the subject, more details have emerged about the fatal elevator accident that occurred on New Year's Eve in lower Manhattan. Stephen Hewitt Brown was on his way to a party, preparing to celebrate the future and the upcoming year. But his optimism was crushed when a broken elevator, that long-time residents are referring to as a 'known death trap', killed him in a tragic accident.