Construction Workers Injured In Midtown, Manhattan Floor Collapse Accident At 729 Seventh Avenue
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 17, 2022) – Two construction workers were injured in an accident after the floor they were on collapsed beneath them.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. There was active demolition on the 18th floor that caused the collapse.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims. They were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
This is the same site where a prominent architect was killed in 2019. A full investigation by OSHA remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Midtown Floor Collapse Accidents
Floor collapses tend to happen when a building or a portion of a building begins to lose its structural integrity. This could be caused by damage, decay or construction work. For example, a floor collapse could be the result of the support beams that get destroyed or taken out. There are a number of steps that construction companies should take in order to prevent workers from being injured in collapses.
- Workers should be properly trained to spot potential hazards.
- A safety supervisor should overlook demolition work.
- Workers should not be on floors that are structurally unstable.
Building owners and general contractors are held strictly liable for all gravity related accidents under New York State Labor Law § 240(1). This includes events where a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. In order for the law to apply, the injured worker must have been performing a qualifying task including “the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.” Victims of floor collapses tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Any person that is injured in a floor collapse may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is preserved after any accident. A New York City construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Midtown Floor Collapse Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the workers injured in this Manhattan accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victims.
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