Jeremy Rozan Died In Queens Workplace Accident After Falling From Roosevelt Avenue Bridge While Painting Support Beam
QUEENS, NEW YORK (November 3, 2022) – A painter identified as Jeremy Rozan has died after falling from Roosevelt Avenue Bridge in Queens onto a van below.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Jeremy Rozan was painting support beams on the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge when he fell into the roadway below and hit a Nissan Altima.
Paramedics arrived at the Van Wyck Expressway in order to help the worker. Jeremy Rozan was transported to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens in critical condition.
Sadly, he died after being admitted. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Queens Workplace Falls
Falls remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death for workers across New York. According to National Safety Council, “In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. A worker doesn’t have fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 136 workers were killed in falls on the same level in 2020.” There are many different steps that construction companies and general contractors should take to protect workers from falls.
- Workers should be given personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) when working 6 feet above the ground.
- Workers should be given adequate training to stay safe on the job.
- Guardrails should be installed in certain locations.
Building owners and general contractors are strictly liable for gravity related accidents under New York Labor Law 240. This includes instances when a worker falls or is struck by a falling object. Construction owners and contractors must provide scaffolds and other safety measures to protect workers from falls. In order for Labor Law 240 to apply, a worker must have been performing a qualifying task including “work, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any workplace accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Workplace maintenance records should be examined.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
The family of any worker killed in a fall may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages and many of the expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. It can be difficult to know where to begin after any workplace accident. A New York City construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens Workplace Fall
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jeremy Rozan. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. Worker safety should always be the number one priority of every company. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Queens workplace fall? Our team of construction accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. 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.