A pedestrian was injured in an accident near a construction site in Manhattan. Workers were cutting the street with a construction saw blade when it came loose and went flying 100 feet through the air. The blade, which is about 3-feet wide, struck a woman walking on the sidewalk, reported CBS News (5.28.14).
“Construction sites pose many serious risks and this was an unusual accident. However, if proper safety procedures and guidelines are adhered to then accidents, even uncommon ones, can be avoided,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
The incident was captured in surveillance video which could be viewed on the CBS website. In the video, the giant saw blade could be seen flying through the air. CBS News reported that the blade hit a tree and then the woman after it got loose. The woman suffered a deep gash in her leg. The video showed the woman falling to the pavement.
Less than 24 hours after the woman was hurt, the city lifted a stop work order at the construction site at 9th Avenue near 48th Street after inspecting all the machines. The machine that caused the accident was removed. Its blade was used to cut through concrete. According to CBS News, construction workers have been updating the underground water mains in the area for the past two years.
The accident, which was referred to as a “freak accident” by CBS News, was under investigation by the New York City Department of Design and Construction.
“This kind of construction accident should not happen and to dismiss it as a freak accident may open the door for it to happen again,” said Perecman. “A thorough investigation is needed.”
For more than 30 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped New Yorkers obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The CBS News story cited is “Work Resumes At Manhattan Construction Site After Saw Blade Accident.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases, including scaffold accidents and elevator accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**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.”