Union County Construction Worker Identified As Angel Pilataxis Died In Brooklyn Accident After Falling Ten Stories From Building At 124 Columbia Heights
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (February 11, 2022) – A construction worker identified as Angel Pilataxis has tragically died in an accident after falling ten stories from a building at 124 Columbia Heights.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:21 a.m. on Friday. A witness said that Angel Pilataxis fell from the roof of the ten story building.
However, some witnesses said that he may have fallen from the eight floor. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
Angel Pilataxis was found unconscious on a second-floor terrace. Despite life-saving measures, he could not be save and died due to the severity of his injuries.
Thus far, there have been 17 complaints about worker safety at this site filed with the DOB since July 2020. In November, the construction company responsible for the project was fined for “failure to safeguard all persons and property affected by construction operations.”
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Construction Falls
Construction workers are particularly vulnerable to being seriously injured or killed in falls. According to one report from Construct Connect, “Falls are the leading cause of all construction worker deaths. In 2019, they accounted for 403 of the 1,061 fatalities in construction. Looking at the most cited OSHA standards violations for the construction industry in Fiscal Year 2020 (October 2019 – September 2020) and it’s no surprise that falls were the cause of nearly 38% of all construction worker deaths.” There are a number of measures that construction companies can take to prevent falls.
- All workers should be given proper training, especially when their job requires them to work at heights.
- When a worker must perform duties 6 feet or higher above a surface they should be given fall arrest systems.
- Guardrails should be installed in certain locations to protect workers.
General contractors and building owners are held strictly liable for gravity related accidents through New York State Labor Law § 240(1). The statute covers instances when a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. In order for the law to apply a worker must have been performing a qualifying task which could include “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting,
cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” Failing to provide workers with fall arrest systems is a violation of the statute. There are a number of steps that should be taken if a worker is injured or killed in a fall.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Work records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any construction worker that died in a fall may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s spouse, parents and children. A New York City construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn Construction Fall
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Angel Pilataxis. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much. The vast majority of workplace falls are totally preventable and due to lax safety protocols. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional tragedies.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn construction fall? 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 construction companies are doing everything in their power to keep workers safe. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.