Alexander Gabatashvili Died After Accidentally Falling From Church of St. Andrew in Richmond, Staten Island
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK (March 6, 2022) – A worker identified as Alexander Gabatashvili has tragically died after falling from the roof of the Church of St. Andrew in Richmond.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Alexander Gabatashvili was working to fix a leak when he fell onto the walkway below.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Alexander Gabatashvili was taken to the State Island Univeristy Hospital in Ocean Breeze for treatment.
Despite the best efforts of medical providers, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Staten Island Fall Accidents
Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the construction industry. According to PHP Systems/Design, “Within the construction industry overall, falls from roofs account for one-third of all fall-related fatalities. Nearly 40% of all fatalities in the construction industry for 2014 were from falls. In 2014, there were 647 fatal falls to a lower level. Of those, 340 involved falls [were] from 20 feet or less.” There are a number of steps that companies should take in order to protect workers from falls.
- Workers should be given personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) when working 6 feet above the ground.
- Workers should be given adequate training to stay safe on the job.
- Guardrails should be installed in certain locations.
Building owners and general contractors are strictly liable for gravity related accidents under New York Labor Law 240. This includes instances when a worker falls or is struck by a falling object. Construction owners and contractors must provide scaffolds and other safety measures to protect workers from falls. Failure to provide this could form the basis of a legal claim. Victims of falls tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The family of any victim that died in a workplace fall may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Staten Island Fall Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alexander Gabatashvili. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. Safety should always be the number one priority for every company.
Do you need more information about a Staten Island construction accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.