In the fourth such accident in a week, a construction worker fell three stories and emerged relatively unscathed, the Daily News reports. Ronald McGovern, a “steel king” boss at the construction site of a 51-story building at 111 Lawrence Street in Brooklyn, was on the third floor of the site on Wednesday supervising the lifting of various steel bars to the building’s upper floors.
Mr. McGovern was working on a load of bars when it swung into his legs, knocking him off the loading dock and into a dumpster three stories below. Construction debris in the dumpster broke Mr. McGovern’s fall and, though he was knocked unconscious, the fall broke none of his bones.
He was released from Bellevue Hospital later that day with five staples in his head and a recommendation that he take some Tylenol. Work on the site was stopped after the construction accident, allowing for an investigation of safety violations. New York City construction accident lawyers rarely see people walk away from falls like these without some very serious injuries.
It is remarkable that we have seen such a streak of lucky falls over the last week. Still, each fall could have been avoided. A simple fence, window guard or safety line would have prevented or drastically reduced the danger of each fall. We can only be happy that Mr. McGovern will get to spend his Memorial Day relaxing with his family instead of suffering in a hospital. It is a far better fate than many others involved in construction accidents face.