NY Construction Injury Lawyer Says Fatal Roof Collapse At Brooklyn Construction Site Raises Concerns about Proper Oversight of Work

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Joseph A. Ginarte, founder of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, says NY and NJ metro area construction workers face dangers caused by neglected safety practices every day.

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New Jersey and New York construction accident attorney Joseph A. Ginarte

This deadly accident underscores the life-threatening dangers that construction workers face every day at worksites throughout the New York and New Jersey metro area. Construction companies must keep safety at the forefront during all projects.

New York City construction accident lawyer Joseph A. Ginarte said today the City Department of Buildings was correct to halt construction of a Fort Greene, Brooklyn, building to investigate why one construction worker was killed and a second was injured in a recent roof collapse.

“According to the Crain’s New York report, three other construction workers were on the roof when it caved in, so this accident could have been much worse,” said Ginarte, founder of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP.

“We agree with Councilwoman Letitia James of Fort Greene, who was quoted in Crain’s as saying that this incident raises serious concerns about safety practices at this construction site, and about whether there was proper oversight of this project by the Department of Buildings and the developer,” Ginarte said.

“Halting construction at this site and determining what happened before more construction workers are killed or injured is absolutely the proper thing to do,” he said.

The Crain’s report says five construction workers were receiving a load of heavy concrete blocks on the top level of the four-story structure at 227 Carlton Ave., near DeKalb Avenue, when the floor gave way on September 10.

Tony Sclafani, a spokesman for the city's Department of Buildings, said the heavy load apparently created pressure on the top floor, and a support beam fell. "Right now, our investigators believe the beams were not properly supported, which led to the collapse," Sclafani said.

The city Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order for the site and is investigating the incident. Contractors had obtained the proper permits to work on the building, and the construction site had no prior complaints or code violations filed with the Buildings Department, records show.

“This deadly accident underscores the life-threatening dangers that construction workers face every day at worksites throughout the New York and New Jersey metro area,” Ginarte said. “Construction companies must keep safety at the forefront during all projects.”

The Ginarte law firm is one of the largest law firms handling construction accident lawsuits in the NY / NJ metro area. Ginarte has obtained several multi-million-dollar settlements through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits pursued on behalf of injured construction workers or the surviving family members of workers killed in worksite accidents.

“When safety regulations have been ignored, safety equipment is faulty, or workers have not been properly trained, that’s negligence,” Ginarte said. “Any New York or New Jersey construction worker who has been injured on the job because of what may have been negligence on the part of their supervisors, employers or third parties should discuss what happened with an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible,” he said.

About Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP

For more than 30 years, the law firm of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, has represented injured workers in all kinds of New York and New Jersey construction site injuries, including cases arising from on-the-job accidents, industrial injuries and wrongful death claims for dependents. The firm’s team of 25 lawyers and 85 staff members can assist clients with workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and third-party personal injury claims. The Ginarte law firm features offices in New York City, Newark, Elizabeth, Clifton, Union City and Perth Amboy. The firm’s New York office is located at 225 Broadway, 13 Floor, New York, NY 10007 (local phone (212) 601-9700). The firm can assist Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking clients. To learn more, call 1-888-GINARTE or use the firm’s online contact form.

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