New York Construction Accident Lawyer Believes Brooklyn Building Collapse May Have Been Preventable

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments on the collapse of a building under construction that injured two workers. The collapse was allegedly caused by an overload of building materials on a top floor.

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A significant number of construction accidents each year are attributed to preventable mistakes.

A building under construction partially collapsed and seriously injured two workers, reported NBC News (3.24.13). The Canarsie, Brooklyn construction accident was likely preventable, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms.

New York Department of Buildings (DOB) inspectors believed the collapse was caused by the overload of construction materials on the top floor. Crews were unloading cinder blocks on the top of the private home when the plywood roof flooring gave out, said NBC News.

“The weight of building materials can cause a roof or floor to collapse,” said Perecman. “Floor load needs to be calculated correctly.”

The Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA) will also likely investigate if the load limits of the floor were posted. During construction, OSHA requires the load limits to be posted in certain multi-story buildings or structures to eliminate the hazard of building collapse due to overloading.

“A significant number of construction accidents each year are attributed to preventable mistakes. In most floor collapse cases, a number of OSHA regulations are found to be violated,” said Perecman, the chair of the Construction Accident Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and yearly lecturer on construction accident law.

The DOB issued a full stop work order for the construction site while it investigates the incident, said NBC News.

“Contractors and construction site managers are responsible for providing a safe working environment and properly training workers. If worksite injuries are caused by employers failing to create safe workplaces, those employers can and should be held responsible,” said Perecman.

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.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a building collapse or other serious New York construction accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

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 building and crane collapses. 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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