Construction Worker Died After Falling From Roof of Vacant Warehouse on Garvies Point Road In Glen Cove
GLEN COVE, NEW YORK (April 26, 2023) – A construction worker has tragically died in Glen Cove after falling from the roof of an abandoned warehouse on Garvies Point Road.
Nassau County officials are saying that the incident took place on Friday morning. A construction worker fell from the roof of the warehouse and onto the concrete floor below.
Police and Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene in order to help the victim. The construction worker was airlifted to the North Shore University Hospital with a severe head injury.
Despite life-saving measures, the worker died due to his injuries. The worker was replacing parts for the metal roof when he fell.
A full investigation by OSHA remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Glen Cove Construction Accidents
Falls remain one of the leading causes of worker injury and death in the construction industry. In fact, falls are one of the four types of accidents dubbed the “Fatal Four” by OSHA. The other three main types of workplace hazards include electrocutions, being struck by objects and getting caught in-between hazards. In all, the “Fatal Four” types of hazards made up nearly 64% of all workplace deaths in 2016. There are many steps that construction companies can take in order to prevent falls.
- Workers should be equipped with personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
- Workers should be properly trained in safety procedures when working on roofs.
- Construction projects should be overseen by a competent person.
Most gravity related construction accidents that occur in New York are adjudicated under New York State Labor Law § 240/241. In short, building owners and general contractors are held strictly liable when a worker falls and is injured. A construction company could also be held liable for a construction accident under New York Labor Law 200. Under this statute companies have a legal obligation to provide their workers with a reasonably safe environment. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any construction accident.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Work records should be examined.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
The family of any person that is killed in a construction accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, construction companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any construction accident. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved after any accident.
Investigating A New York Construction Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the construction worker that died in this accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Glen Cove construction accident? Our team of construction accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that workers are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.