New York is a growing in population and popularity and with that in mind, there is always a significant amount of construction taking place. Construction work is an honest living and those who practice it come from a wide variety of countries and cultures. Because it is so prevalent and involves working with heavy machinery in dangerous circumstances, it is inevitable that construction accidents will occur. The person who was injured or the family left behind must be completely aware of their rights after a construction site accident.
A 43-year-old man died when he was hit by a piece of equipment that fell from a crane. The man exited a tower crane when a piece of steel came loose and crashed onto his head. It fell an estimated 60 feet. The accident occurred in the early afternoon at around 1:20 p.m. in downtown Brooklyn. The man was married and had a child. According to a witness, the man suffered extensive damage to the top of his head. Law enforcement and the Department of Buildings are conducting an investigation into the crane accident.
It is an unfortunate reality that people who work in construction will be subjected to a number of dangers that those who work in more sedentary occupations will not. In some cases, it is simply an accident. In others, there was negligent and reckless behaviors and negligence when it comes to the proper safety procedures. Although construction sites are required to adhere to the law we unfortunately know from experience that does not necessarily mean that the law will be followed. When there is an accident with injuries or a fatality, the investigation is key to determining whether or not a legal case can be filed.
In this incident, a construction worker died when a piece of equipment fell from above him and hit his head. Considering the circumstances of this construction accident, it is imperative for his family to protect themselves as the investigation moves forward with help from an experienced attorney. With legal help, they can consider a legal filing to be compensated for their loss.
Source: New York Daily News, "Construction worker in Brooklyn dead after being struck in head by piece of machinery," Kerry Burke and Ryan Sit, Oct. 11, 2016