NY / NJ Construction Injury Lawyer says Worker’s Death on Staten Island Should be Wakeup Call to Industry

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Joseph A. Ginarte of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, says construction site safety rules must be followed if they are to prevent workplace accidents from happening.

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New York / New Jersey construction injury attorney Joseph A. Ginarte

Safety rules and regulations can prevent workplace accidents and save lives only if they are followed. Everyone in the construction industry needs to take this to heart.

New York / New Jersey construction injury lawyer Joseph A. Ginarte said today that the recent death of a New York construction worker in a Staten Island trench collapse should bring attention to the need for construction companies to take safety regulations seriously.

“We hope this tragic death on Staten Island last week opens the eyes of construction company foremen, superintendents and owners across the New York / New Jersey metro area,” said Ginarte of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, a New York / New Jersey personal injury firm that focuses on construction accident cases.

“Safety rules and regulations can prevent workplace accidents and save lives only if they are followed,” he continued. “Everyone in the construction industry needs to take this to heart.”

A 29-year-old worker died June 21 when a six-foot-deep trench collapsed and buried him at a construction site on Staten Island, according to a report in the New York Times.

Ryan FitzGibbon, a spokeswoman for the Buildings Department, told the New York Times that a preliminary investigation indicated the lack of required wood bracing in the trench appeared to have led to the collapse. She said the department planned to issue five violations against the company responsible for work at the site.

Ginarte, whose firm is one of the largest firms handling construction accident cases in the NY / NJ metro area, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data indicates that excavation and trench work are among the most dangerous types of construction activities.

“New York labor law and the New York Industrial Code have safety provisions that specifically address safety factors regarding the injuries possible in trenching and excavation work,” the veteran construction injury attorney said.

“There’s no excuse for not taking the appropriate steps to keep construction workers as safe from work-related injuries as is possible.”

Ginarte said he expects that authorities will perform a thorough investigation into the cause of the Staten Island construction site accident and determine whether applicable safety rules were followed.

“Our hearts go out to this man’s family as they deal with this terrible loss,” he said. “They deserve no less than a thorough accounting of exactly what occurred.”

About Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP

For more than 30 years, the law firm of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, has represented injured workers in all kinds of New York and New Jersey construction site injuries, including cases arising from on-the-job accidents, industrial injuries and wrongful death claims for dependents. The firm’s team of 25 lawyers and 85 staff members can assist clients with workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and third-party personal injury claims. The Ginarte law firm features offices in New York City, Newark, Elizabeth, Clifton, Union City and Perth Amboy. The firm’s New York office is located at 225 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY, 10007 (local phone number (212) 601-9700). The firm can assist Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking clients. To learn more, call 1-888-GINARTE or use the firm’s online contact form.

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