Two Construction Workers Were Critically Injured In An Accident After A Bronx Scaffold Collapsed At 925 Hunts Point Avenue By Dollar Tree, Bank of America and Dunkin’ Donuts
BRONX, NEW YORK (November 3, 2021) – Two construction workers were seriously injured in a Bronx scaffold collapse accident at a Dollar Tree at 925 Hunts Point Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30th. Two men, ages 29 and 45, were working on the scaffold when it suddenly collapsed underneath them.
Both of the construction workers fell nearly 20 feet to the ground. Emergency medical services were called in order to help the victims.
They were taken to the Lincoln Hospital in critical condition. The NYC Office of Emergency Management and Buildings Department are currently conducting an investigation into the Bronx scaffold collapse.
Liability In Bronx Scaffold Collapse Accidents
According to one report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 60 people are killed and 4,500 are sent to emergency rooms every year in scaffold related accidents. Many of these accidents are due to falls, but a large number involve scaffolds that suddenly collapse. There are a three main reasons that contribute to the vast majority of scaffold accidents, according to one BLS study.
- Scaffold support or planking gave way due to defective equipment or inadequate assembly.
- Slipping on a scaffold was another major contributor. Falls can take place due to slippery surfaces or a lack of guardrails.
- Workers are often hit by objects that fall from scaffolds.
Other factors that could potentially contribute to a scaffold accident may include environmental hazards such as rain or heavy winds. Many scaffolds collapse due to overloading. Every scaffold has a weight limit and when this is exceeded accidents tend to happen. Property owners and general contractors have a legal responsibility to provide workers with a reasonably safe environment. This includes following all OSHA regulations for the construction and use of scaffolds.
- Construction companies must install guardrails on scaffolds that are ten feet and higher above the ground.
- Employers must provide their workers with fall protection when they are 10 feet or above another surface.
- All scaffolds must be capable of holding up to four times their maximum intended load.
- Debris nets should be installed to protect workers from tools or other objects that fall off a scaffold.
- Scaffolds must be constructed a safe distance from power lines to avoid electrocutions.
When a worker is injured in a scaffold accident, a building owner, construction company or general contractor can be held liable under New York State Labor Law § 240. Commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law” New York State Labor Law § 240 imposes strict liability on construction companies, contractors and building owners when a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. In order for the statute to apply, a worker must have been performing a qualifying task which includes the “erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building.”
Consider, for example, the case of Brown v 44 St. Dev., LLC. The plaintiff was injured after falling from a lattice rebar deck to a plywood form that was 12 to 18 inches below. Attorneys for the plaintiff were able to secure a victory for their client under NY Labor Law § 240, even though experts testified that no scaffold or safety device could have protected the worker from a fall of 12 to 18 inches. Victims of scaffold collapses tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Organ damage
Workers in the construction industry often rely on their mobility and good health to maintain their income. A serious fall can put this in jeopardy and leave a worker with long-term disabilities. Any worker that is injured in a fall may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. A New York City scaffold accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are free of cost.
Investigating A Bronx Scaffold Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the two construction workers injured in this Bronx scaffold collapse. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue their investigation. There needs to be a thorough investigation so that steps can be taken to prevent similar tragedies. Was this scaffold inspected by a qualified person? Does the construction company involved in this accident have a history of violations? Was the scaffold involved in some way defective? Worker safety should be the number one priority for every construction company.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Bronx scaffold accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help you with whatever you need. We can investigate all of the facts of your case and get to the bottom of what caused an accident. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.