Co-workers rescued a New Jersey roofer from a container of nitric acid, reported the New York Daily News. The roofer, Martin Davis, was working on the roof of a pipe and tube manufacturer when it gave way. He plunged 40 feet through the partly collapsed roof and into the vat.
The vat contained a 40 to 70 percent nitric acid solution used for cleaning metal tubing, said the New York Daily News. Falls are one of the most common workplace injuries. They’re also a leading-cause of work-related deaths, especially among construction workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 635 workers died from fall-related injuries in 2010, the most recent year data are available. Most workplace fatalities in 2010 occurred in the construction, transportation and warehousing sectors. While our colleagues can’t always save the day, there are times when they may be able to prevent threatening situations from turning deadly.
“Few cities in the world share New York City’s unique vertical density in both the number and average height of buildings. And does any city truly compares to New York City? No place should not adopt new rules which may compromise safety for money, especially one with as many people in it as New York” construction accident lawyer Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law, said.
According to the New York Department of Labor, the rule requiring experience was implemented to protect people from the hazards of New York crane “accidents that can occur when an unskilled person operates a crane.” If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or crane accident, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm.