A young construction worker died after getting buried by dirt that collapsed at a Meatpacking District construction site. Sources told DNAinfo (4.6.15) that the twenty-two year old worker was part of a construction crew that had dug below the foundation of a building to make a wooden support form to shore up the building’s facade. The worker was inside the wooden structure. When he tried to leave it, dirt fell on him, burying him up to his neck.
Police officers who responded to the 911 call found the man unconscious and unresponsive. He was not breathing when they dug him out, reported DNAinfo.
Excavation work is extremely dangerous for all workers involved and workers who are performing excavations on a jobsite should be frequently cautioned of the dangers of their work. Cave-ins pose a great risk and are much more likely than other excavation-related accidents to result in worker fatalities. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatality rate forexcavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction.
The worker was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and was later pronounced dead there. The accident was under investigation.
The construction site where the fatal accident occurred was at 19 Ninth Ave., at West 12th Street where the restaurant Pastis used to be
Construction sites, by their very nature, can be dangerous places to work. The construction industry experiences more fatalities per work event than any industry in the private sector, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. Oftentimes, accidents are caused by construction workers’ inexperience or lack or training. In an unforgiving workplace like a construction site, even small mistakes have the possibility of ending in disastrous consequences.
This is not to say that young and inexperienced workers do not have their place of a worksite. Despite the high fatality rate in construction, it can be a safe occupation when workers are aware of the hazards. Training is one of the most important steps towards safety. Effective orientation of a worker to the work site, the hazards on the construction work site, and the hazards of their required tasks raises the workers awareness of the risks. This enables them to make conscious decisions to prevent accidents from occurring.
Individuals, or the families of individuals, who have been injured in a construction accident, should contact a law firm with years of experience and detailed knowledge of construction law and workers’ compensation law.