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Diego Celi Killed In Brooklyn Accident After Fall From High-Rise By York Street and Jay Street In Dumbo

Window Washer Diego Celi of Harrison, New Jersey Died In Fall From Dumbo, Brooklyn High Rise By The Intersection of York Street and Jay Street

Diego Celi Killed In Brooklyn Accident After Fall From High-Rise By York Street and Jay Street In Dumbo

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY (December 10, 2021) – A window washer identified as Diego Celi has tragically died in an accident after falling from a Brooklyn condominium by the intersection of Jay Street and York Street.

New York City police officials are saying the accident took place around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10th. Diego Rodriguez Celi was washing windows when he fell from the 12th floor of the Brooklyn condo building.

He landed on the second floor parapet or balcony, which is where authorities found him. Despite life-saving measures he died due to the severity of his injuries.

The construction project that Diego Celi worked for has been hit with 115 complaints since 2017 alone. Nine of those complaints have been in the last year.

Bolivar Celi is the victim’s cousin and described him as a quiet, hard-working young man who had been on the job a couple of years. A full investigation into the fall that killed Bolivar Celi remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Brooklyn Workplace Falls

Falls remain one of the leading sources of serious injury and death for workers in the United States. They are especially common for construction workers. Despite the fact that window washers spend most of their time at elevated heights, falls remain relatively rare. According to one analysis by the International Window Cleaning Association, there has been one high-rise fatality per year in the last four years in the United States. There are a number of steps that companies can take to help keep their workers safe.

  • All workers should receive proper training.
  • When a worker is 6 feet or higher off the ground they should be given a personal fall arrest system (PFAS).
  • Guardrails should be used at certain locations to prevent falls.

When a worker is injured or killed from a fall in New York, their employer could be vicariously liable for the incident. General contractors and buildings owners are strictly liable for gravity related accidents under New York State Labor Law § 240(1). This includes instances when a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. However, for liability to apply, the worker must have been performing a qualifying task including “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” what follows are some of the provisions designed to protect workers:

  • Scaffold that is 20 feet or more above the ground must be equipped with safety railing.
  • The railing must be securely fastened to prevent swaying.
  • The safety rail must cover both ends of the scaffold.
  • The scaffold must be able to hold four times its maximum weight.

When a person is killed on the job in New York, their next of kin may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, construction companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any accident. A New York City personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.

Investigating A Brooklyn Workplace Fall

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Diego Rodriguez Celi. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the Department of Buildings. There have been over 100 documented complaints against the construction project for this high-rise. This is an alarming figure the needs to be thoroughly investigated. Was the victim given adequate fall protection? How did this accident take place? Was this construction company cutting corners on OSHA guidelines? Could this tragedy have been prevented? Construction 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 Brooklyn? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and support that they deserve.  Whether you just have legal questions or need an investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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