A New York construction worker is in critical condition after falling five floors from a ladder. The man was working on a condo conversion site in the Flatiron District.
At 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday, an unidentified construction worker was seriously injured while working on a construction site. He was installing sheetrock on a ceiling frame when he fell down a shaft. He worked for New Empire Builder. Witnesses say he was impaled by the rebar at the bottom of the shaft, with injuries to his abdomen, back, thigh, and groin. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
One technician who observed the accident said,
He fell from the fourth floor into the basement where there’s rebar and rubble. He wasn’t even touching the ground. The rebar was holding him a foot off the ground.
According to the preliminary investigation conducted by the Department of Buildings, the worker was not equipped with the appropriate safety gear when he fell, including a harness or a protective covering over the shaftway. In addition to lack of safety equipment, the technician noted the rebar did not have caps which could have prevented such extensive damage.
Studies show an increase in construction site accidents with the recent rise in building construction. Lack of safety provisions and code adherence were some reasons for the accidents. Atkins & Breskin recently bought the building where the incident took place. They were cited a $1,000 fine by the DOB for unsafe elevator or hosting equipment and a $1,500 fine for not fixing their error. New Empire Builders were fined almost $20,000 by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration for six violations that occurred last year. This included not providing fall protection on the work site.
Workers have a right to a safe working environment and proper gear. When an employer fails to prevent dangers or building developers fail to uphold city codes, they should be held accountable for any accidents that occur. If you suffered an injury while on a construction site, contact our New York construction accident lawyers today.