New York City, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2014
Commenting on a news report about a construction accident that left a pedestrian injured by an out-of-control saw blade, New York workplace accident attorney Edgar Romano of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P. said today contractors and construction workers alike are responsible for properly inspecting all equipment before use.
CBS New York detailed the accident on May 27 in an article called “Woman Injured When Saw Blade Goes Flying In Hell’s Kitchen.” According to the report, a three-foot saw blade came loose at a Hell’s Kitchen construction site, narrowly missing a number of pedestrians and sending a 43-year-old woman to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“Fortunately, no fatalities were reported in this accident,” Romano said. “Whenever a saw blade comes loose, or any other piece of construction equipment is sent into the air at high speeds, workers and bystanders are at risk of suffering catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. Accidents like the one in Hell’s Kitchen serve as a reminder to all New York City contractors to properly inspect and maintain their equipment and for construction workers to make sure they take all necessary safety precautions before using heavy machinery.”
The CBS New York report said the 3-foot-wide saw blade came loose while construction crews were cutting asphalt at Ninth Avenue and 48th Street. Witnesses told CBS the saw blade was sent 100 feet into the air, bouncing off a tree and narrowly missing a number of pedestrians before striking a 43-year-old woman in the leg.
According to CBS New York, construction crews had been working on this stretch of Ninth Avenue for two years. The site’s contractor has been directed to stop using all saws until equipment is inspected and confirmed to be in proper working condition by the city’s Department of Design and Construction, the article stated.
“While the cause of this accident remains under investigation, it’s important for all construction companies to take necessary safety precautions to prevent accidents,” Romano explained. “This responsibility is shared by all contractors, foremen and laborers. No corners can be cut when it comes to ensuring the safety of your fellow coworkers and all bystanders near your workplace. This includes using well-maintained and safe equipment, properly training construction workers on machinery and following all rules and regulations governing work site safety.”
About Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P.
Edgar Romano was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School. With a focus on workers’ compensation cases in New York City, Romano is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Workers Compensation Bar Association and previously served as president of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group.
With 80 years of experience hearing over 100,000 cases, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P has obtained settlements totaling over a billion dollars for New Yorkers. With 100 legal professionals on staff, the law firm has won numerous accolades for providing its clients with strong, reliable legal representation and has a well-earned reputation as one of the top law firms for cases involving workplace accidents and cases involving workers compensation and Social Security disability.
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