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Construction Worker Seriously Injured after Fall down Elevator Shaft at Police Academy Site

Construction Worker Seriously Injured after Fall down Elevator Shaft at Police Academy Site

An overview of the elevator accident fall

A construction worker was seriously injured when he fell 12 feet down an elevator shaft on January 23. He was working on the NYPD’s new police academy in Queens.

The construction worker was rushed to a Queens hospital.

How the man fell is unreported. What is known is that open elevator shafts can be a dangerous hazard on construction sites.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are one on the most common causes of injury and death on or near elevators.

Sadly, these types of accidents can usually be prevented.

Construction accident falls and New York Labor Laws

Construction workers who are required to work at heights are protected by special New York State laws. One of these laws, Labor Law section 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, gives workers who fall from elevations an easy-to-prove lawsuit claim against contractors, project managers, owners of the building, and/or others.

Workers do not need to fall more than a few inches in order to qualify for a fall accident lawsuit. In New York there is strict liability for many workers injured as a result of poorly maintained, inadequate or absent safety equipment at elevated work sites.

New York State and federal safety rules describe the safety equipment that is required for workers in elevated situations. For example, employers are required to provide whatever safety lines, harnesses, guardrails or other safety equipment is necessary to guarantee a worker’s safety while working at heights.

Construction workers can suffer serious injuries from elevated falls, even from a few feet. Common injuries may include broken bones, head and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death.

Serious injuries from a fall can require months, years or a lifetime of medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Fall from height injury compensation

The Perecman Firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured construction workers, and to holding negligent third parties responsible for unsafe work place conditions such as unprotected elevator shafts.

Thirty years of experience have given lawyers at The Perecman Firm the ability to adequately evaluate benefits; to negotiate fair compensation; and to help with a claim from beginning to end, including advisement on the workers’ compensation process, representation during disputes regarding workers’ compensation and managing the appeals if a claim has been denied.

Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have extensive knowledge and experience in the law regarding workplace accidents, including falls from heights.

Source: New York Daily News, Jan. 23, 2013

To learn more about the rights of New York construction accident victims and workers’ compensation, please visit our New York Construction Accident resource page.


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