Fatal Construction Accidents Reach High Since 2008

Construction-related incidents have killed eight people so far this year, which is as much as all of 2014. The last time the number of fatalities was this high was in 2008, the New York Times reported, at the height of the last building boom. The total number of accidents rose 24 percent in 2014 to 231. In 2013, construction incidents caused three fatalities. 

A 25-year-old construction worker died early May after falling 24 stories down an elevator shaft at the site of a new luxury hotel in Midtown. Earlier this year, a 22-year-old construction worker died after an accident at the former home of French bistro Pastis in the Meatpacking District, four people were injured during a construction accident at SL Green’s 331 Madison Avenue, the site where the company’s massive One Vanderbilt is scheduled to rise. Before that, a 50-year-old construction worker fell to his death at a Brighton Beach development site. At the site of Greenwich Lane, a 37-year-old female passerby was struck and killed by a piece of flying plywood. In February, a construction worker was crushed to death by several steel beams at the Barclays Center. Over the weekend, a massive air conditioning unit plummeted 30 stories to the ground, leaving 10 people injured.

New Yorkers should never have to go it alone when filing for benefits and compensation. They should not have to wade through the paperwork without help. They should not have to risk making a mistake that could end in their benefits being denied.

Fortunately, they do not have to. We can help. We have a track record of effectively helping union members and other workers who have endured on-the-job injuries. Just ask our clients — we have helped them collect over $150 million.

How have we been so successful? Because we understand the workers’ compensation system; we also understand how to expand our client’s options even further by getting compensation outside the worker’s compensation system.

If you or loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, contact Jared Levine of Morgan Levine Dolan today. 


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