On October 29, around a dozen pillars in the basement of a two-story commercial building in the Bronx gave out. In moments, the structure came crashing down, burying 51-year-old construction worker Muhamed Kebbeh under six feet of debris. Approximately 50 New York firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes.
They worked frantically to unearth Mr. Kebbeh, and he was eventually pulled from the rubble alive. However, Kebbeh was severely injured. He died later that afternoon at Jacobi Medical Center. According to a spokesman for the New York Police Department, a construction crew was engaged in active demolition in the building at the time of the accident.
An investigation is ongoing. Dozens of New York Construction Workers Injured or Killed In 2011 Buildings Department Statistics offer the latest complete data on New York Construction worker injuries and deaths as of the end of July. Up to that point, 67 construction-related injuries had occurred in New York City since the beginning of 2011, along with three worker deaths. Kebbeh’s death and another fatality from a building collapse in Brooklyn in early November bring the total to at least five, a step above 2010’s four construction-related deaths. More construction worker injuries occurred in Manhattan than all other boroughs combined, a total of 45 at the end of July.
Manhattan also leads the other boroughs in 2011 deaths, thus far at 2. A similarly skewed trend marked the 2010 year-end totals. A greater number of injuries tended to occur in the warmer spring and summer months of 2011, although construction worker deaths recorded thus far happened in January, February, October and November. Workers falling was the most common type of accident, accounting for approximately 40 percent of injuries; falling materials (a common occurrence in partial or total building collapses) was the second most prevalent source of reported injuries, cited as a factor in just over 28 percent of accidents.
Claims Available to Kebbeh’s Family, Loved Ones of Other Accident Victims Experienced New York construction accident lawyers are the only ones fully qualified to help you explore all avenues for compensation if a construction death or injury has touched your life. But, legal remedies for construction accidents generally include a workers’ compensation claim against the injured worker’s employer.
In addition, monetary recovery may be available from other parties legally responsible for causing injury or death, like third-party contractors, property owners of construction sites or construction equipment manufacturers. If you or a loved one has suffered in a construction accident, do not delay. Contact a New York personal injury lawyer today to get the full compensation you deserve.