Hyatt Regency Long Island Employee David Lerner Died In An Accident After Falling From Upper Floor Window Of Hauppague Hotel
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK (December 8, 2021) – An employee of Hyatt Regency hotel Long Island identified as David Lerner has tragically died in an accident after falling from a window of the hotel.
Hauppague police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th. David Lerner was working at the hotel when he fell through a window under unclear circumstances.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident. David Lerner was taken to Stony Brook Hospital with major injuries.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died at the hospital. Police are asking anyone that may have information about what happened to reach out to them.
Liability In Window Fall Accidents At Hyatt Regency Long Island
Falls remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death for workers in New York. According to one report from EHS Daily Advisor, falls account for nearly 36.5% of workplace deaths. In fact, OSHA, has listed falls as one of the “fatal four” causes of workplace injury and death. Workers may experienced falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolds and other elevated surfaces. There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent workers from being injured or killed in falls.
- There should be a plan in place for how any project can be completed safely.
- Workers should be provided with the right equipment. When a worker is 6 feet or higher from a platform or floor, they must be provided with a personal fall arrest system.
- Workers should receive the proper training to identify hazards and to use their safety equipment.
- Guardrails may be required in certain situations.
All companies in New York have a legal responsibility to take measures to protect their workers. When a worker is injured or killed on the job, their employee could potentially be liable for the accident. Pursuant to New York Labor Law 200, employers must maintain their work site in a reasonably safe condition. As outlined in the statute, “All places to which this chapter applies shall be so constructed, equipped, arranged, operated and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.”
An employer could also be liable through New York State Labor Law § 240(1). Commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” this statute makes building owners and general contractors strictly liable for gravity related accidents. This includes instances when a worker falls or is struck by a falling object. For liability to apply, the worker must have been performing a qualifying task which includes repairing, altering, painting, or cleaning a building. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any workplace accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Work records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a workplace accident may be able to seek aid through N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021). Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any workplace accident. A New York wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Window Fall Accident At Hyatt Regency Long Island
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of David Lerner. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. How did this fall take place? Was the worker given fall protection? Is there a history of accidents at this hotel? The vast majority of workplace falls are totally preventable. Companies should always make the safety of their workers their number one priority.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Long Island? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping get the information that they deserve after any accident. 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.