Pape Khoule Died In Brooklyn Construction Accident After Being Hit By A Piece of Falling Equipment
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (September 19, 2022) – A 46-year-old construction worker identified as Pape Khoule died in a Brooklyn work accident after being hit by falling equipment.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:10 a.m. on September 12. Pape Khoule was working when a 2,000 lb piece of equipment fell on top of him.
The piece of equipment was described as an excavator arm. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Sadly, Pape Khoule died as a result of his injuries. The Department of Buildings issued a full stop work order after the crash.
A full investigation by OSHA remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Construction Accidents
Despite many improvements in workplace safety standards, the construction industry remains relatively dangerous for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day. About 20% (1,061) of worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2019 were in construction – accounting for one in five worker deaths for the year.” There are four types of accidents in particular that are responsible for a disproportionate number of worker deaths.
- Struck by objects
- Caught in/between accidents
Depending on the facts of any case, a construction company or general contractor could be liable if a construction worker is killed on the job. According to New York Labor Law 200, companies must maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a construction company fails to follow OSHA regulations and creates an unsafe environment for their workers, they could be liable in the event of an accident. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any construction accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Work records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any person killed in a construction accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse and dependent children. Unfortunately, construction companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any accident where a worker is killed. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let yo know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn Construction Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Pape Khoule. 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. Safety should always be the number one priority of any construction company.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn construction accident? Our team of worker’s rights advocates are here to help in any way that we can. 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 any accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.