As construction accident attorneys, the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy frequently confront cases involving ladder Falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and ladders make up a significant percentage of those fatal accidents. Ladder Falls are often preventable. Preventing ladder falls can save lives. Below is a brief list of things that all construction workers should know.
A worker lost part of his arm in an elevator accident this morning at 50 Broadway, in downtown Manhattan. The worker, whose identity has not yet been released, was pulled out of an elevator shaft by first responders and rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Reports indicate that first responders also rushed his severed arm, packed in ice, to Bellevue Hospital where doctors were trying to reattach it. The man reportedly remains in serious condition.
16 construction workers who died in the past 12 months while working at construction sites in New York City were remembered at an annual mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. The emotional scene was enhanced by bells tolling, polished marble floors, and limestone columns.
A construction industry magazine recently listed the best ways for contractors to prevent injuries and fatalities at worksites. They should have an incentive: Accidents mean delays and delays mean lost revenue. Contractors also have a special responsibility for preserving and promoting the safety of a job site to protect the health and safety of workers
We have all read the headlines of frightening construction accidents that have gripped New York City but now The Building Trades Employers' Association, a group that represents a large number of contractor associations, union management and general contractors, has proposed a safety program to the City Council that they claim will reduce serious construction accidents going forward. The proposal, amplified in the attached Crain's magazine editorial, comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio adding more than 200 new building inspectors to the city's employee rolls. The proposal, offered by Lou Coletti, the president of the Building Employers Association, suggests the following:
The construction industry has had its fair share of safety and corruption scandals. We have witnessed over and over how worker safety is trampled on. We have also seen, whether in person, in a movie or on a television show like the Sopranos, that corruption can be a pivotal force in the construction industry. As a result of both the reality and the perception, companies were hired to monitor the safety practices at construction sites as well as to ensure that corruption practices were no longer in place. These monitors began in the 1980s after a series of embarrassing stories emerged about corruption being rampant at both union and nonunion jobs. The intention was to bring integrity to the undertaking. Now, construction has reached an all-time high and the expectation is that it will continue to grow in the upcoming years. The greater volume of work makes oversight a much more challenging proposition. As the industry changes will the ability to monitor it change?
This is the second part of a two part-report on recent OSHA violations at a Midtown Manhattan hotel construction work site at 323 West 33rd Street.
Local unions have sued the City of New York over construction practices and workplace safety at an apartment building at the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. The building at issue will be the world's tallest pre-fabricated structure when it is completed.