Category Archives: Construction And Work Site Accidents

City Council weighs construction safety reform

Queens councilman Rory Lancman is calling the city council to expedite his bill that would increase worker safety on construction sites. Th Occupational Safety and Health Administration Notification Act, was languishing in the  council until last month’s New York Times article on the increase of deaths on construction sites in New York City. More than 10 workers have died on construction sites since July 2014 Read More →

How common are construction accidents?

In the last month there have been some high profile construction accidents around the country that have garnered some national notice. On October 16, six construction workers were taken to the hospital Friday after scaffolding on the job site collapsed on top of them. Earlier this month a bridge collapse in Corona, California left nine workers injured, three of those workers suffering critical injuries. The leading causes Read More →

DOB revokes Brooklyn contractor’s license–permanently

The NYC Department of Buildings took  an unprecedented step and has permanently revoked Brooklyn-based contractor MRMD NY, license over $600,000 in unpaid fees and penalties. The DOB issued a press release saying MRMD continued to allow serious safety violations to exist at its work sites and currently has the most violations issued of any registered general contractor. As of August 31, 2015, MRMD owed over $600,000 in ECB penalties Read More →

Real Estate developers hate the “scaffolding law”

The Albany Business Times reports that at least on big real estate developer, Peter Belmonte Jr would abolish New York’s scaffolding law if he were governor for a day. The law’s real name,  Labor Law 240 is intended to protect workers from the number one cause of injury and death in the construction injury, falls from scaffolding. Under the law, owners of constructions companies are required to supply safety Read More →

Construction accidents up in NYC

Back in June, ten people were hurt when a 12-ton heating and air-conditioning unit fell from a crane and fell 30 stories to the sidewalk on Madison Avenue. Last month a 19 year-old Ecuadoran immigrant working on a construction site was killed when a retaining wall fell on him. Last week, worker died after falling 13 stories from a scaffold at 76th Street and 1st Avenue. Read More →

Construction Deaths in NFL stadiums

One person was killed and another injured in  the latest accident  at under constructions NFL stadiums. The death and injury occurred at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Wednesday. A roofer fell 50 feet to his death and another was injured although the details are not known as to what happened. Construction was halted after the death. The worker, Jeramie M. Gruber, 35 Gruber fell Read More →

Stay safe on construction sites

We’ve written a lot about how dangerous constructions work can be. With that in mind here are some ways to help insure your safety on the job. For those of you who work the construction industry you will be aware of the following but you should also be aware that you have a legal right to a safe workplace. Falls: Falling is a major cause Read More →

Construction managers charged in death of worker

Two construction managers who are charged in the death of a construction worker crushed by a collapsing wall have surrendered to police. Wilmer Cuevas and Alfonso Prestia, were indicted for allegedly refusing to shut down a construction site on 9th Avenue on April 6th  after an engineer sent to  observe the work warned them it was too dangerous. They are charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and Read More →

Workers compensation…1910

In our last post we showed how the NY Appeals Court ruled in 1910 that injuries caused by a worker’s negligence shouldn’t matter since employers should have safety equipment in place that would prevent a worker harming himself. In that same edition of the NY Times, they have an article that addresses workers’ compensation. In February of 1910, several speakers spoke a the Republican Club in Read More →

NY Liability law broadened…in 1910

We’ve written in the past about New York States Scaffolding Law which requires safety measure for construction workers who work at heights. The law’s real name,  Labor Law 240 is intended to protect workers from the number one cause of injury and death in the construction injury, falls from scaffolding. Under the law, owners of constructions companies are required to supply safety equipment to their workers. Read More →