Multiple People Injured In Upper West Side, Manhattan Accident Involving Debris That Fell From Scaffold By West 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 8, 2022) – Two people were injured after debris fell from a scaffold in the Upper West Side by West 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 2:42 p.m. on Monday. Two people were hit by debris that fell from a scaffold including a woman carrying a baby.
The two victims were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Weill Cornell Medical Center. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Manhattan Accidents Involving Falling Debris
Far from being a freak occurrence, accidents involving falling debris injure many pedestrians every year. According to the New York Post, from 2010 to 2015 59 people were struck by falling debris at New York City construction sites. Victims were hit by everything from falling glass to planks of wood. For the most part, these types of accidents are totally preventable. Here are just a few of the steps that construction companies should take in order to reduce accidents involving falling debris.
- Scaffold should be properly secured, especially during periods of high wind.
- Safety nets should be installed over areas where pedestrians could be in danger.
- Construction companies should abide by all OSHA safety guidelines.
Construction companies and building owners are held strictly liable for gravity related accidents. According to New York Labor Law § 240, general contractors and building owners must take steps to protect workers from falls and from being hit by falling objects. New York Labor Law § 241(6) sets safety standards to protect pedestrians and people walking by construction sites. When a specific industrial code is not followed, this could create the basis for a civil claim. There are a number of questions that should be answered after any construction accident.
- Did the construction company in question have safety violations?
- Have there been other accidents?
- Were all safety and industrial codes being followed?
Victims of scaffold accidents often suffer extremely serious injuries including head injuries. Even a moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave victims with tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. However, victims are protected by a number of laws. They can recover damages through a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New York City 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 Accident Involving Falling Debris
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people who were injured in this Upper West Side, Manhattan construction accident. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. These types of accidents are nearly always preventable. They tend to happen when construction companies skip out on safety measures to increase their profit margin.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a New York City scaffold accident? Our team of personal injury 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. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.