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Worker Injured After Falling Down Manhattan Amtrak Ventilation Shaft

Amtrak Is Believed To Own Shaft Involved In Accident

Worker Injured After Falling Down Manhattan Amtrak Ventilation Shaft

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (May 9, 2023) – A worker was injured after falling down a ventilation shaft owned by Amtrak in Midtown, according to the FDNY.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:45 a.m. on Monday. A worker fell down the shaft and became stuck.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. He was rescued from the fifth floor of the ventilation shaft.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Manhattan Workplace Falls

Falls are the most common cause of serious injury and death for workers across New York. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has listed falls as one of the “fatal four” causes of workplace injury. Around 35.6% of all workplace deaths are due to falls. For the most part, falls are totally preventable. There are many steps that companies can take to prevent their workers from being injured in falls.

  • Workers should be given personal fall arrest systems when they are working at heights at 6 feet or higher.
  • Workers should be properly trained before every construction job.
  • Guardrails should be installed in certain locations.

Building owners and general contractors can be liable when a worker is injured in a gravity related accidents. This includes instances when a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. According to New York Labor Law § 240, the statute applies for workers engaged in the “erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building.” Victims of fall accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries

Many victims of workplace accidents may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. Any person that is injured after falling down a ventilation shaft in New York City may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with a serious injury. 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 Workplace Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the worker injured in this Manhattan ventilation 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 prevent other incidents like this.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a ventilation shaft accident? Our team of personal injury attorney are here for you. 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 any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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