New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on Hearst Tower Scaffold Rescue

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments on the dramatic rescue of two scaffold maintenance workers who were stuck near the 45th floor of the Hearst Tower after their scaffold collapsed.

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The rescue was characteristic of the extraordinary bravery, professionalism and skill of New York’s firefighters. The scaffold workers were commendably brave and professional, as well.

Two scaffold workers were rescued by New York City firefighters after they became stuck near the top of the Hearst Tower for nearly two hours, reported The New York Times (6.13.13). New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm followed the rescue effort, which was broadcast live by a number of local television stations.

“The rescue was characteristic of the extraordinary bravery, professionalism and skill of New York’s firefighters,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm and a construction accident lawyer in New York for over 30 years.

The scaffold maintenance workers were stranded 500 feet above the Midtown Manhattan sidewalk after their work platform snapped. To rescue the men, the firefighters cut through a window on the 45th floor in order to reach them. The workers were wearing harnesses at the time of the accident, said The New York Times.

“The safety harnesses helped save the workers lives by preventing them from falling before help arrived and, as the rescuers decided on the best method of rescue,'' said Perecman.

According to The New York Times, the platform appeared to have snapped in the middle. However, an official report on the malfunction has yet to be released. The accident is under investigation by the NYC Buildings Department and the New York State Department of Labor.

The Hearst Tower is located on Eighth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets. The scaffolding was designed and built by Tractel-Swingstage, said The New York Times.

Individuals who have been injured in a scaffold accident should call a construction accident lawyer. Importantly, the accident needs to be investigated thoroughly.

For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The New York Times article cited is “2 Scaffold Workers Rescued From Outside 45th Floor.”

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 ladder and scaffold collapse 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

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