Unfortunately, at some construction or demolition worksites, safety violations are cited, but the work continues. Employees don’t realize the danger they may be in.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 27, 2012
New York City construction accident attorney David Resnick said today that a fatal accident at a West Harlem demolition site should bring attention to the often hidden hazards of construction work.
“Preliminary reports about this tragedy say there were multiple violations already cited at this project, including one for failure to safeguard people or property,” said Resnick of David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
“Unfortunately, at some construction or demolition worksites, safety violations are cited, but the work continues. Employees don’t realize the danger they may be in.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that one construction worker was killed and two were injured after the collapse March 22 at the West 131st Street site, located between Broadway and Riverside Drive.
The incident occurred during the tearing down of a warehouse as part of Columbia University’s expansion into Harlem, the newspaper said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the cutting of a structural beam led to the building collapse.
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) website showed pending violations issued March 5 at the site for “failure to notify [the] department of demolition work,” and “failure to safeguard persons/property affected by construction operations,” New York City real estate news site, The Real Deal, reported.
The news site said the DOB was investigating the accident.
Resnick, whose New York accident and injury law firm investigates construction accidents as part of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, said being hit by falling objects and falling from one level to another are among common causes of workplace fatalities.
“A high percentage of workplace fatalities in a given year in our country occur at construction or demolition sites,” Resnick said. “Because the construction trade has built-in hazards, it is important that safety procedures for people and equipment are followed. It’s particularly egregious when they are ignored.”
The New York City accident attorney said construction workers who are injured on the job or the families of workers who are killed should contact a lawyer for help holding those responsible for the accident accountable.
“A worker who suffers a serious injury, or the family of a worker in a fatal accident, will likely have the burden of unmet bills and expenses on top of their personal loss,” Resnick said. “They have a right to secure the compensation they need.”
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling multiple types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit and run, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trip and fall, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims.
David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.