Employers have the responsibility to make sure scaffolding and working conditions are safe and will not lead to accidents of the type that occurred on this New York construction site.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 26, 2012
A scaffold collapsed in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood during high winds that hit the New York City area. The five-story scaffolding fell into the street from a four-story building that is under construction, said ABC News. High winds can have a significant effect on scaffolding safety. Strong wind gusts can blow down scaffolds, remove platforms, or blow equipment or people off of the platforms,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.
The winds were gusting approximately 45 miles per hour at the time of the construction accident, according to ABC News.
The scaffold broke away from a four-story building under construction. It hit Con Edison overhead electrical wires, a car and a truck, said ABC News.
No injuries were reported, likely because the scaffold collapsed before 3 a.m. on a Friday. Construction workers typically do not work that late and fewer people would have been out in the streets. If the high winds had occurred during the day, workers would have been prohibited by OSHA by working on or from scaffolds unless a competent person has determined that it is safe for employees to be on the scaffold and those employees are protected by a personal fall arrest system or wind screens.
“It’s lucky no one was hurt. Employers have the responsibility to make sure scaffolding and working conditions are safe and will not lead to accidents of the type that occurred on this New York construction site,” said Perecman.
New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many individuals obtain compensation following construction accidents, including construction workers, pedestrians, and others who have been injured due to unsafe construction scaffolding in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including scaffold falls in New York. 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."