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NYC Parking Garage Employee Injured In Manhattan Elevator Shaft Accident

Parking Garage Employee Injured After Falling Down Elevator Shaft In Townhouse

NYC Parking Garbage Employee Injured In Manhattan Elevator Shaft Accident

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (June 16, 2022) – A Manhattan parking garage employee was injured in an accident after falling down the elevator shaft at a townhouse.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:20 a.m. on Saturday. The parking garage employee fell down the elevator shaft and became stuck between two floors.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the worker. He was rescued after workers found him pinned from the waist down.

He was transported to the Cornell Hospital in order to receive treatment. A full investigation into the parking garage accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Manhattan Elevator Shaft Accidents

Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death for workers. 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 many steps that construction companies can take in order to prevent workers from being injured in falls.

  • Workers should be properly trained.
  • Workers should be provided personal fall arrest systems when working at 6 feet or higher above ground.
  • Workers should be able to identify potential hazards that exist on a job site.

Construction companies as well as general contractors can be held strictly liable for any worker that is injured in a fall. Pursuant to New York Labor Law § 240, a worker must have been performing a qualified activity for strict liability to apply. This will include workers engaged in “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” Elevator shaft falls are nearly always preventable. They tend to occur when there are lapses in safety protocols set up to protect workers. Workers who fall on the job tend to sustain very serious injuries including.

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage

Any person that is injured in a fall while at work may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Many workers may not realize the full extent of their injuries for some time after an accident.  A construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Manhattan Elevator Shaft Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the worker injured in this Manhattan elevator shaft accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this work site safer.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Manhattan elevator shaft fall? Our team of construction accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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