While working at the site of Fordham University’s new law school, 41-year-old construction worker Anastassios Intzeyiannis suffered critical injuries after falling five stories down an elevator shaft, according to law enforcement officials. A steelworker commented that Intzeyiannis fell three stories, hit a wooden plank (according to sources), and then fell two more stories. Law enforcement officers stated that Intzeyiannis, who was a mason, was rushed to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital after the accident and was found to be in critical but stable condition.
The Dangers of Construction Work
The laws of the state of New York acknowledge the ever-present dangers that generally go along with working with heights in the construction industry. More specifically, New York’s “scaffold” law holds general contractors and owners responsible for injuries that are caused by heights, such as elevator shaft falls. By its nature, an open elevator shaft lends itself to more severe injuries than a typical fall that can happen while at a construction site. Elevator shafts are generally narrow, deep structures that make retrieving anything from the bottom a much tougher task.
Hire an Attorney to Help You
Easy, mandatory safety measures can prevent just about all elevator shaft accidents. It is important that you know your rights and obtain the just compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a personal injury or accident, please contact Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. personal injury lawyers serving injured victims in New York and New Jersey at 800-LAW-9997.