Worker Identified as Jeffrey Pasinello Died In Accident After Falling From Roof Of Warehouse At DeCrescente Distributing Company Inc.
MECHANICVILLE, NEW YORK (February 10, 20220) – A subcontractor identified as Jeffrey Pasinello has tragically died after falling from the roof of a building at DeCrescente Distributing Company on Main Street.
Sartoga County police are saying that the accident took place around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Mechanicville. Jeffrey Pasinello was working on a warehouse expansion project for DeCrescente Distributing Company when he suddenly fell.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, Jeffrey Pasinello died due to the severity of his injuries.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Mechanicville Roof Fall Accidents
Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injury and death in the United States. According to one report from Construct Connect, “Four of the leading causes of construction worker fatalities, excluding transportations incidents, are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects, and being caught in or between objects. OSHA has dubbed these the “Fatal Four” and typically accounts for over half of all construction worker deaths each year.” There are a number of steps that can be taken to help protect workers from falls.
- In certain circumstances, guardrails should be constructed to act as a physical barrier to prevent falls.
- Workers should be provided with fall arrest systems when they work six feet or higher off the ground.
- Employers should properly train their workers how to use their equipment.
- Safety nets should be installed in certain areas.
Workers are protected by a number of laws in New York in the event of a fall. Employers are held strictly liable for gravity related accidents under New York State Labor Law § 240(1). This includes instances when a worker falls or is struck by a falling object. In order for the statute to apply, the worker must have been performing a qualifying task. Per the statute, this could include “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” Victims of workplace falls tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The family of any worker that died in a roof fall may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved and collected after any accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It is important to act before the statute of limitations runs out.
Investigating A Mechanicville Roof Fall Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jeffrey Pasinello. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There are safety protocols designed to protect workers from falls. Were these protocols being followed? There needs to be some accountability for what happened so that other tragedies can be prevented.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Mechanicville. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that employers are doing everything in their power to help keep workers safe. 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.