New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on Fatal Wall Collapse in Upstate New York, One Worker Died

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman discusses workplace safety after a worker is fatally injured when a retaining wall collapsed during the construction of a replica of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Catskill Aqueduct.

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When concrete walls are under construction, the temporary walls must be adequately braced during the erection process.

A construction worker was killed when a retaining wall collapsed at a construction site in Maybrook, New York, according to [The Wall Street Journal (12.4.13). David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, understands that concrete walls are dangerous to construct and many safety precautions need to be taken.

“When concrete walls are under construction, the temporary walls must be adequately braced during the erection process because of the tremendous weight of the wall. Serious injuries and death can occur when the supportive shoring is not up to par,” said Perecman.

Concrete was being poured on the construction site when the wood and concrete retaining wall collapsed. Timothy Lang, 53, was killed in the Hudson Valley accident. The two workers he was working with were hospitalized, said The Wall Street Journal.

Lang died while constructing a replica of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Catskill Aqueduct, which brings drinking water south to New York City. The replica was being built so workers could practice concrete work before beginning on the planned interconnection of the Catskill and Delaware aqueducts in Ulster County, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“Construction is one of the most deadly industries for New York workers and worker safety must be a top priority,” said Perecman, a construction accident lawyer in New York for over 30 years. New York's construction workers deserve safe jobsites. They have families expecting them to come home every day.”

"OSHA will look into the death of the construction worker and the injury of the other workers to determine whether or not they were the result of any violations of workplace safety standards," said Perecman added. “Understanding what happened can prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.”

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 Wall Street Journal article cited is “Name of NY work site accident victim released.”

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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