New York Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Compensation for Victims of Personal Injuries in Construction After Construction Worker's Death in Astoria, New York

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New York Personal Injury Lawyer discusses the ramifications of construction workplace violations after worker falls to his death. Operations have been stalled as an inspection of the area takes place.

Employees should always feel safe in what they do - even if they are involved in a high-risk trade like construction.

A construction worker died after suffering head trauma in Queens, New York. According to New York personal injury lawyer Mitchell Silbowitz, this kind of accident is devastating, demonstrating the importance of construction safety. When it comes to personal injuries in construction, it is very rarely, if ever, the fault of the employee. This is why employee compensation is so important and it is highly advised that all injured workers seek an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Witnesses recount that the victim was braving the freezing 12-degree temperature that afternoon when he lost his balance while crossing over a ditch, causing him to plunge head first 15 feet from the first floor to the basement, hitting his head on a steel girder. Nick Mitchell, a man working at a deli nearby, claims to have heard about the accident when four people asked him if they could borrow a few towels from his store. According to an FDNY spokesman, Gonzalez was already in critical condition when he was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

No criminality is suspected, but the Department of Buildings issued a full stop-work order on the site as it investigates the cause of the accident. According to Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also initiated an inspection of the site for possible workplace safety violations. Ricardo Gonzalez, 42, of Brentwood, New York and an employee of Abacus Building Innovations of Flushing, was hired by Centex Builders of Astoria to work on the site of an Astoria building on Broadway near 45th Street.

Silbowitz, an experienced personal injury lawyer for over 20 years, explains that sacrificing employee safety with the intention of completing a job faster and more cheaply is unacceptable. He also states that the process of cutting corners when it comes to construction safety will too often lead to destructive ramifications. He cites this case as an example of an accident which was the result of third party negligence, and that something needs to be done with regard to construction worker safety in New York.

Actually, the State of New York has approached the situation with a Labor Law known informally as the "Scaffold Law," which provides a safety net for construction workers working in and around New York City. This law states that a third party, whether that be the contractor, property owner or otherwise, should always be held accountable for the injury.

Employees should always feel safe in what they do - even if they are involved in a high-risk trade like construction. They should not have to suffer as a result of employer negligence. The third party should always strive to provide the employees with the safest possible working conditions, from guardrails, to safety harnesses. These measures are much-needed in order to prevent accidents like the Astoria building catastrophe from occurring in the near future.

Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick is a New York law firm comprised of highly professional and dedicated personal injury attorneys with over 80 years of combined experience prosecuting personal injury lawsuits. Our team is experienced at recovering multi-million dollar awards. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to seriously injured victims and their families.

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