Construction and Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence Saftler Comments on the String of Construction Accidents at the World Trade Center Worksite

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If proper worksite regulation and proper procedures were followed, the numerous accidents at the World Trade Center worksite would not have happened.

As many as seven construction accidents have occurred in just this year at the World Trade Center construction site in Downtown New York City. This recent string of accidents at the new World Trade Center reminds us how important it is for construction sites to follow safety regulations and equipment checks on a regular basis.

On February 16, CBS New York reported, “A crane cable snapped sending a 30-tons of steel crashing about 40 stories into a closed-off area at the World Trade Center construction site, crushing a truck and injuring one man.”

At the end of June, two serious incidents occurred within one single week. reported, “A construction worker at 4 World Trade Center fell and impaled himself on a metal rod Tuesday afternoon, fire officials and the construction company said. The 37-year-old worker was helping to build the new skyscraper at 150 Greenwich St. when he slipped and fell 4 to 5 feet about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, an FDNY spokeswoman said.”

                 Then, on Wednesday of the same week, the New York Daily News reported, “A gust of wind pushed a load of steel into a glass panel on 4 World Trade Center, causing a shower of glass to rain down on Liberty St. below, officials said. A crane was hoisting the steel to the top of the building when a burst of wind caused the load to shift and hit the glass on the 45th floor about 11:30 a.m., officials said. The shattered glass fell to Liberty St., which was closed to traffic. The sidewalk was covered by a construction shed, which sheltered pedestrians from the shards of glass, officials said.”

            Not only are construction regulations a big issue at WTC, but there has also been serious problems with construction workers drinking alcohol on the job. The Wall Street Journal reported, “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is cracking down on daytime drinking among construction workers at ground zero. Executive Director Pat Foye told the New York Post the agency is increasing the budget for its inspector general and adding investigators for the public-safety effort. He called the World Trade Center construction the most complicated project anywhere. Foye said ‘vodka and steel beams and a construction site don't mix.’ The zero-tolerance crackdown began last year. It was stepped up after a series of recent accidents at the site. The PA says it's not clear if the accidents were related to drinking. But it's not taking any chances.”

Construction and Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence Saftler said,"It is a tragedy that so many lives have been effected by the failure of owners and general contractors' failure to comply with their legal obligations to maintain work site safety. What compounds this tragedy is the fact that it has happened numerous times, not just once, thereby giving them notice that they need to do much more for the protection and safety of their 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 as well as other injury victims. Always on the side of the injured victim, Mr. Saftler has been the recipient of numerous high settlements, verdicts, and awards, including a ten million dollar verdict for a fall down victim. A past speaker to the New York State Bar Association on construction accidents, Mr. Saftler is a leading advocate in protecting workers in work related accidents with successful results.

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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