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2 Construction Workers Seriously Burned in Manhole Fire in Brooklyn, NY

construction workerTwo National Grid construction workers in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn were seriously burned on Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020. They were part of a contract crew hired to upgrade the gas main in the area. At around 10 a.m., the two workers were working in a manhole at 1905 Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn, when fierce flames erupted from the manhole’s opening, catching the two workers off guard. The two workers were taken to Staten Island University Hospital’s burn unit with serious burns to their body.

Even after the workers were taken to the hospital, the fire continued to spew out of the manhole as the FDNY attempted to contain it. The first resulted in approximately 25 National Grid customers to be without service as crews worked to put out the fire. The fire was fully extinguished by 2:45 p.m. The cause of the gas main rupture and resulting fire is still under investigation.

Dangers of Fires on Construction Sites

Accidents, especially fires, are always a possibility on construction sites. That is why it is important to ensure proper safety precautions are being taken on all work sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides fire prevention and protection safety tips on construction sites. Some of these include:

  • There should be a “fire plan” in place prior to beginning work, detailing every worker’s role in the case of a fire and an evacuation plan
  • Fire extinguishers should be fully accessible
  • An alarm system should be in place, so both workers and the fire department can be alerted in the event of a fire
  • Smoking should be prohibited, or only permitted in areas that are free of all hazardous materials and have acceptable trash containers for disposal
  • There should be easy access to a sufficient water supply

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

Construction site accidents, specifically crane accidents, can seriously injure or kill construction workers as well as innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first-hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If You Are Injured

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

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