Construction Workers Injured In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn Roof Collapse Accident At House Along Lincoln Road
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (August 27, 2021) – Two construction workers were seriously injured in a construction accident after a roof and wall collapsed at the home they were working on at 437 Lincoln Road.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The home was being demolished when a brick wall collapsed on the second floor which brought the roof down on two construction workers.
Firefighters and rescue workers immediately began steps to free the construction workers. A great deal of care was placed into preventing the ceiling from collapsing further onto the two men.
After around 1 1/2 hours of work both victims were freed. They were then transported to the hospital on stretchers. Inspectors with the Department of Buildings are saying that the victims were performing demolition work on the second floor when the roof collapse took place.
Several violations were issued earlier in July for construction maintenance failure prior to the accident. A full investigation remains ongoing.
Liability In Brooklyn Roof Collapse Accidents
Despite numerous advances in worker safety protocols the construction industry still records a high number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Accidents that involve being struck by objects are one of the categories of accident dubbed the “fatal four” by OSHA. The fatal four types of accidents include falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and caught in-between hazards. The vast majority of these accidents are totally preventable and due to lax safety protocols. There are a number of steps that can be taken to help prevent construction accidents including:
- Giving construction workers the proper safety gear
- Maintaining equipment
- Having regular worksite inspections
- Providing workers fall protection gear
There are a number of steps legally required when a building is being demolished in New York. According to NYC Local Law 81 of 2017 (3301.3), “A site safety manager or site safety coordinator must be designated and present at the construction or demolition of a major building in accordance with Section 3310.” The construction superintendent must designate a “competent person” to oversee the construction site at all times active work occurs. Depending on the facts of any case a building owner or general contractor could be liable for an accident during a demolition.
Building owners and general contractors are typically held strictly liable for gravity related accidents under New York State Labor Law § 240/241. The statute protects workers that either fall or who are struck by falling objects. Construction workers must be provided with proper safety equipment to avoid these types of accidents. This can include scaffolds, ladders and personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). The statute does make an exception for one and two-family dwellings. Victims of construction accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Brain injuries
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
It is extremely important that victims of construction accidents continue to seek medical care. There should also be a thorough investigation into what happened. An injured worker may be able to pursue aid through workers compensation or a claim under New York State Labor Law § 240/241. Damages can help cover lost wages and medical bills. A Brooklyn construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York City Roof Collapse Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the two construction workers injured in this Brooklyn accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. The construction industry is dangerous enough even when all of the right safety protocols are being followed. Far too often corners are cut in the name of efficiency and increased profits. This is absolutely unacceptable. Worker safety should always remain paramount for any construction project.