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Emergency crews helped rescue a construction worker following an accident at the Second Avenue subway construction site. According to the New York Daily News (4/16/2012), a machine was moving a slab of concrete when the massive chunk fell on his legs. The man had been working in a utility trench on the E. 86th St. site. New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand this is the second subway related construction accident involving a worker this month.
On April 3, a crane collapse killed one worker at the other major MTA construction site, the Number 7 Subway extension project. “Construction workers deal with some of the most dangerous working conditions faced by employees in any industry and many things can go wrong in large construction projects such as these. Employers must keep up with their obligations and ensure that health and safety regulations are being followed,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, and the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law.
When a construction worker is injured because of a safety violation, the employer and property owner can be held responsible.” When a worker is injured by a falling object, the injuries are covered by New York Labor Law Section 240. According to this NY safety law, construction workers injured on the jobsite by falling objects have the right to sue the person (or people) responsible for compensation for their injuries. The law imposes strict liability on property owners, employers and general contractors.
The subway construction accident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), said the New York Daily News, but the MTA is not stopping work at the site. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”