New York Construction and Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence Saftler Reacts to Report of Awning Collapse in Brooklyn

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When a Construction Worker Falls From a Ladder, Usually it's not the Worker's Fault for Falling. Maintaining Safe Worksites are The General Contractor's and Owner's Responsibility.

As reported by on August 10, 2012, “An awning collapse in East New York left one man injured on Friday morning, according to the FDNY. Emergency responders arrived on scene at 625 Sutter Ave., between Pennsylvania and Sheffield avenues, and found the man unconscious at 9:10 a.m., a fire department spokesman said.”

“The Buildings Department was called to check on the loose facade early Friday morning, which was in danger of collapsing, a department spokeswoman said. The building's owner was issued a violation for failing to maintain the building, and workers removed the loose facade, the spokeswoman said.”

“According to witnesses at the scene, the man was standing on a ladder working on the facade when it broke and fell into the ladder, causing the fall. Witnesses said the incident did not look serious, but the FDNY spokesman said emergency responders rushed the man to SUNY Downstate Medical Center with major trauma. His condition was not known,” all as reported by DNAinfo.coa

Failure to maintain a safe construction site can cause construction workers serious injuries, especially those workers who work at heights. New York construction and personal injury lawyer, Lawrence Saftler has handled many cases such as this a site is in the process of being repaired or worked on. Lawrence Saftler said " Workers on ladders and scaffolds have the ultimate protections guaranteed under the law for their personal safety. It is important for the worker to know that he is protected by the law and an injury that comes his way will be compensated for by those whose responsibility it is to maintain safety at the worksite. Further, the worksite must be guarded and shored against natural elements such as a windy condition, rainfall or stormy weather. Nature doesn't give responsible parties a free pass since the law requires that loose items and the site itself must be shored to protect from flying projectiles or falling objects”

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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