The Saftler Law Firm Comments on the Death of Falling Worker at Construction Site

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Lawrence B Saftler of The Saftler Law Firm reacted today to the tragedy of the falling worker who lost his life on Thursday, May 17, 2012, as reported in the New York Daily News. Mr. Saftler said, "It is an unfortunate tragedy that a man working his first day at a jobsite should lose his life. There are safeguards in place to protect any worker, much less someone who was on the job for his first day. The law requires protection for such a worker, and now, it will be his family's obligation to pursue their rights to his and their loss."

As reported in the Daily News(5/17/12), "Adrien Zamora, 28, was alone on the scaffolding - not wearing a harness - on the Mercer St. side of 450 Broome St. in SoHo when he plummeted 40 feet onto a sidewalk shed around 5 p.m., a co-worker said.

“He was reaching over the railing while standing on the stairs,” a source with the Department of Buildings said. “He was trying to turn over a plank and he fell."

Zamora was employed with the Bras-Al Construction Corp. based on W. 34th St., said a Bras-Al employee.

“He started today, he was working and unfortunately accidents happen,” the Bras-Al Construction Corp. employee said, as the Daily News article reported.

Mr. Saftler said, "This should never have occurred if the safeguards mandated under the labor law and OSHA are followed. The failure to provide proper protection to an employee at a construction site can render the general contractor and owner responsible for injury or death in the event of such failure. More often than not, accidents don't just happen. In the workplace environment, laws are in place to protect employees from just such accidents. These laws exist for a reason and the reason is to protect workers."

The Saftler Law Firm, established over 30 years ago, has always been an advocate for personal injury victims injured at worksite and construction sites. The recipient of numerous high settlements, verdicts and awards, as well as a past speaker to the New York State Bar Association on construction accidents, renders Mr. Saftler a leading advocate in protecting workers in work related accidents with successful results. Mr. James Bacher, a junior partner, had the same reaction to the news.

Mr. Saftler can be found at his midtown Manhattan office at 275 Madison Ave., New York, New York and can be reached by contacting him at 646-865-0797. His website can provide valuable information about labor law cases handled in the past as well as other areas of personal injury litigation handled by the Saftler Law Firm. Visit the site at

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