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  • Fatal Fall at Manhattan Construction Site Results in Stop-Work Order from New York City Buildings Department

    A worker at a Manhattan construction site plunged 10 stories to his death on Monday when the wooden platform on which he as standing collapsed. According to a report by the New York Daily News , the 62-year old man was doing a survey on the 16th floor when the tragedy occurred. He fell 10 stories before landing on the 6th floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City Buildings ...
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  • Scaffold Collapse in Mid-town Manhattan Injures One

    Construction sites present many potential hazards to workers. As a result, many serious injuries can occur if workers fail to act responsibly. On Wednesday. a scaffold collapsed at a construction site at 36th Street and Eighth Avenue. As reported by CBS New York , the collapse occurred on Wednesday afternoon after 4:00pm. The extent of the injuries remains unknown at this time. Due to the complex ...
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  • Most Construction Worker Deaths in New York City Are to Immigrants from Central and South America

    In 2015, there were 25 deaths involving construction workers in New York City. Of those 25 deaths, 18 involved immigrants, with 13 being from Central and South America according to a report published in Crain's New York Business Magazine . Attorneys who practice construction accident law in New York City are well aware that a large percentage of construction workers are Latin-American immigrants ...
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  • Top 5 Things To Do After a Construction Site Accident

    Construction sites present many potential hazards to workers. As a result, many serious injuries can occur if workers fail to act responsibly. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool , our firm represents workers who have suffered any type of negligence-related injury on the work site. These are the top 5 things you should do if you have been injured at a construction site in New York: Report the ...
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  • Jonny Kool Settles New York Labor Law Case for $3.7 Million on Behalf of Injured Construction Worker from Local 79

    On October 18, 2012, the plaintiff, a 31 year old Local 79 construction worker was performing demolition work at 675 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan . He was using a power saw to cut and remove overhead metal ducts. The ladder was placed on a work surface that was not cleared of dirt and demolition debris. In addition, a co-worker who was holding the ladder steady left the area at the time of ...
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  • High Winds Pose Danger to New Yorkers, Particularly at Construction Sites

    In New York City, there are many dangers that New Yorkers must be aware of. When a "high wind" warning is issued, another danger is added to the list. In recent years, news reports have identified the risks of high winds particularly at construction sites where cranes, equipment and other debris affected by high winds have resulted in catastrophic or fatal accidents. Recently, this warning had to ...
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  • Jonny Kool Settles Orange County Labor Law Case for $1.7 Million on Behalf of Bridge Painter Who Fell Off Scissor-Lift Truck Which Moved Unexpectedly

    Our partner, Jonny Kool, recently settled a New York State Labor Law case on behalf of a 34-year old bridge painter from Orange County who was seriously injured while painting the Newbugh-Beacon Bridge. On November 8, 2013, the plaintiff was working as a bridge painter for Kiska Construction, Inc. which was hired by defendant New York State Bridge Authority in the capacity of general contractor to ...
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  • Barry Washor Settles Brooklyn Case on Behalf of Injured Construction Worker for $2.75 Million

    Our partner, Barry Washor, recently settled a case shortly before trial in Kings County Supreme Court for $2.75 million. The case involved an undocumented Mexican national who was 37 years old at the time of the accident. The plaintiff was working as a laborer doing sheet rocking on a construction project. He was standing on the top rung of a 10' high ladder, when the ladder began to shake while ...
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  • Dallin M. Fuchs Settles Construction Accident Case for $1.55 Million Where Laborer Lost Vision in One Eye

    Our partner, Dallin M. Fuchs, settled a Labor Law 241(6) claim on behalf of a 53 year old construction worker who was injured at a New York City-owned construction site in Queens for the sum of $1,55 million. The worker was attempting to attach a cap onto a pipe. The safety glasses he was using were worn and scratched. He was forced to take them off to see what he was doing. When he struck the cap ...
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  • Two Construction Workers Killed by Falling Beam at Construction Site in Queens When Hoisting Cable Snapped

    In what was originally reported as a crane collapse, it has now been confirmed that two construction workers were killed when a wire hoisting a beam snapped causing the beam to fall. According to the Gothamist , the beam crushed two construction workers resulting in fatal injuries. The deceased workers were the crane operator and his flag man. The construction site is located in the in the ...
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  • 21-Year-Old Man Dies After Falling 40-Feet from Forklift Due to "Mechanical Failure"

    A 21-year-old Belleville, New Jersey man died after sustaining injuries in a fall from a forklift on Friday. According to the Star Ledger , the man was working at a construction site at the Castle Banquet Hall on Route 23 in Pequannock, New Jersey. The worker was standing on a wooden pallet on the fork end of the forklift when an apparent mechanical failure occurred and the fork end detached, ...
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  • Five Construction Workers Fall Off Bridge Into Kingsbury Canal Resulting in One Drowning Death and Four Injuries

    Five contract workers for the New York State Department of Transportation fell into the water below the Smiths Basin Bridge on Route 149 in Kingsbury shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Friday. According to a report by Time Warner Cable News , it is believed that a cable broke causing the workers to plunge into Kingsbury Canal. The body of the deceased worker, 41-year old Rahssan Smith of Albany, was ...
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  • First Department - Plaintiff Entitled to Summary Judgment Pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) When He Fell Descending a 6-Foot A-Frame Ladder Where Debris Prevented Use of 8-Foot Ladder

    In the case, Saavedra v. 89 Park Avenue LLC, et. al. , Index 154454/14 , the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the lower court's denial of plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on liability pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) and granted plaintiff's motion. This case involved a plaintiff electrician who was injured when he fell from an A-frame ladder as he was attempting to descend it. ...
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  • First Department Says You Still Need Gravity for a Labor Law 240(1) Case Where Worker Struck by Pipe Being "Flushed"

    In the case Joseph v. City of New York , the Appellate Division, First Department reiterated that the application of the force of gravity is still necessary for a plaintiff to prevail on a Labor Law 240(1) case. In this case, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the decision of the lower court and dismissed the plaintiff's complaint. In this case, the Plaintiff was struck by a pipe ...
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  • Architect Killed in Fall from Mid-Town Manhattan Skyscraper Under Construction

    A tragedy occurred on Thursday afternoon when a 52-year old architect from New Jersey fell to his death from a skyscraper under construction in Mid-town Manhattan. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the victim, fell to the ground from the 42nd floor of the 46-floor skyscraper near W. 53rd St. and Sixth Ave. about 2:15 p.m. The building itself is apparently under construction and the ...
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  • Department of Labor Finds Crane Operator to Blame in Deadly TriBeCa Crane Collapse

    The deadly TriBeCa crane collapse which occurred in February was initially blamed on high winds. However, in a report by ABC Eyewitness News , it has been revealed that the United States Department of Labor (OSHA) has determined that it was operator error which caused this terrible incident. Specifically, the crane operator, in a rush to get the crane out of the wind, lowered the boom angle below ...
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  • Elevator Can Be Falling Object Pursuant to New York Labor Law 240(1)

    The Appellate Division, First Department held in the case McCrea v Arnlie Realty Co. LLC that an elevator under repair can be a "falling object" within the meaning of New York Labor Law 240(1) . The Court upheld Summary Judgment to the inured plaintiff under Labor Law 240(1) stating: "The evidence here establishes that at the time of the accident, McCrea was engaged in "repair" work because the ...
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  • Second Department Grants Summary Judgment to Labor Law 240(1) Plaintiff who Fell from Scaffold after Receiving Electric Shock

    In the case Viera v WFJ Realty Corp. , the plaintiff was working on a scaffold, affixing aluminum siding to the roof of a grocery store. The plaintiff allegedly was injured when a piece of the siding that he was handling came into contact with overhead power lines, causing him to sustain an electric shock and fall off the scaffold. The Appellate Division, Second Department, held that the injured ...
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  • First Department Holds Worker Knocked off Flatbed Truck While Preparing a Crate for Hoisting is Entitled to Labor Law 240(1) Protection

    Commonly known as the "Scaffold Law," New York Labor Law 240(1) offers financial protection to construction workers who have suffered elevation-related injuries. The labor law places absolute liability-meaning that liability is imposed regardless of fault–on the property owner and general contractor when a worker suffers an injury due to a fall from elevation or is struck by a falling object. By ...
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  • Scaffold Collapse at East Harlem Building

    Falls from scaffolds are a common source of construction site injuries. Unfortunately, scaffold falls can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. New York Labor Law Section 240 provides for damages for workers injured in elevation-related accidents, including accidents that involve worker falls and accidents caused by falling objects that strike workers. On Friday, May 20, 2016, a scaffold became ...
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  • Construction Accident in Brooklyn Seriously Injures Three Workers

    Construction Accident in Brooklyn Seriously Injures Three Workers Construction accidents can range from minor to debilitating to fatal. Individuals who have been the victims of construction accidents may face a number of difficulties including physical limitations, debilitating injuries, emotional trauma and financial losses. As reported in the New York Post , three construction workers at a ...
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  • First Department Reverses Lower Court Decision Granting Summary Judgment to the City of New York Pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6)

    First Department Reverses Lower Court Decision Granting Summary Judgment to the City of New York Pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6) In the case Siguencia v City of New York 2016 NY Slip Op 03108, the Appellate Division, First Department, reversed the Decision of the lower court granting summary judgment to the City of New York pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6). The Appellate Division's ...
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  • Construction Worker Injured When Truck Hits Crane in Morningside Heights

    Construction Worker Injured When Truck Hits Crane in Morningside Heights On Monday, April 25, 2016 at approximately 10:30am, a construction worker was injured when the crane he was using was struck by a truck passing the crane on the street. This accident occurred on West 114th Street in Morningside Heights, New York. According to a report by CBS New York , the worker was aloft in the bucket of ...
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  • Injuries and Legal Protection at Construction Job Sites in New York

    Injuries and Legal Protection at Construction Job Sites in New York -- NY Lawyer Jonny Kool explains In this video, our partner and expert on New York construction law explains injuries and legal protection for Construction Job Sites in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220vXa0BrNE Have you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a construction accident ? If so you should not ...
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  • First Department Rules Where Plaintiff Is Sole Witness to Accident, He May Not Be Entitled to Summary Judgment Where Credibility In Issue

    First Department Rules Where Plaintiff Is Sole Witness to Accident, He May Not Be Entitled to Summary Judgment Where Credibility In Issue In a brief decision, the Appellate Division, First Department ruled that a decision denying the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment pursuant to Labor Law 240(1) was properly denied. In the case Smigelski v. Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of ...
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