New York, New York (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
A woman was seriously injured by a 10-foot long metal pipe after it fell from scaffolding 18 stories above the ground. According to ABC News(1.13.14), the pipe fell after one of the workers lost his grip on it. Personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said the accident is a reminder of the importance of scaffolding safety for both pedestrians and workers.
The pipe crashed to the ground from scaffolding two doors down, where scaffolding was being built as part of a facade-cleaning project. The woman suffered fractured ribs and a neck injury. The impact bent the pipe and dented the sidewalk, said ABC News.
“Construction sites require workers to maintain safety standards with care and vigilance. A number of accidents happen to both pedestrians and workers each year. Many of these could have been avoided if adequate safety precautions were in place,” said Perecman.
Workers need to be informed about the hazards of working on scaffolds and learn accident prevention measures. Many official investigations about scaffolding accidents indicate that serious injuries and deaths could be avoided if proper Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety regulations were followed. Many construction sites in New York City are within close proximity to public areas, making rules and safety procedures vital. Construction safety must always take the safety of the public into account as much as the safety of the construction workers. Objects falling from buildings or scaffolding can kill a person.
The accident occurred at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. A stop work order was issued by the Buildings Department as a result of the incident, reported ABC News.
New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many individuals obtain compensation following construction accidents, including construction workers who have been injured by falling objects in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The ABC News article cited is “Woman seriously injured by falling pipe in Midtown.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases, including scaffold and crane accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."