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Holger Molino Died In Queens Elevator Shaft Accident At 350 St Nicholas Avenue

Construction Worker Holger Molino, of Newark, Died In Ridgewood, Queens Elevator Shaft Fall Accident At Building On 350 St Nicholas Avenue

Holger Molino Died In Queens Elevator Shaft Accident At 350 St Nicholas Avenue

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY (April 10, 2022) – A construction worker identified as Holger Molino has tragically died in a Queens elevator accident at a Ridgewood building site.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  Holger Molino was moving building material when he slipped and fell more than 20 feet down an elevator shaft.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the Queens construction site in order to help the victim. Holger Molino was transported by EMS to Wyckoff hospital with major injuries.

Sadly, he was beyond medical help and was pronounced dead after being admitted. This fatal accident comes just two months after a worker was hit by a falling fence gate.

A full investigation into the Ridgewood, Queens accident remains ongoing.

Liability In Queens Elevator Shaft Fall Accidents

Falls are a major cause of injury and death in the construction industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Falls remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction, accounting for more than one in three (36.4%) of the total number of fatalities in this industry (401 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2019 were falls to a lower level).” There are a number of steps that construction companies should take in order to prevent fall accidents.

  • Workers should be properly trained.
  • Workers should be able to identify potential hazards on the job site.
  • Workers should receive personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) when they must perform their job duties at height.

Construction companies and general contractors can be held strictly liable for any accident where a worker falls or is struck by a falling object. Pursuant to New York Labor Law § 240, for the statute to apply a worker must have been performing a qualify task such as “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” Elevator shaft falls are nearly always preventable and due to lapses in safety protocols. Elevator shafts should be thoroughly lit and protected by guards to prevent falls. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any construction accident.

  • Photos of the construction site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Maintenance records should be examined.
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that died in an elevator shaft accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the unexpected expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, construction companies will often fight hard to deny any responsibility if one of their workers is injured or killed. A New York City construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Queens Elevator Shaft  Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Holger Molino. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family. Safety should always be the number one priority for any construction company. But far too often expediency and cost cutting measures are favored in a way that puts workers needlessly at risk.

Do you need more information about a Queens elevator shaft accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims understand their rights and fighting to make construction sites safer. 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.


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