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Worker Injured In Brooklyn Construction Accident After Falling Into Hole

Worker Hospitalized After Falling Through 10-Foot Hole At Brooklyn Construction Site on Lawrence Street

Worker Injured In Brooklyn Construction Accident After Falling Into Hole

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (February 19, 2024) – A construction worker was injured after falling through a 10-foot hole in Brooklyn by Willoughby Street and Fulton Street.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 11:10 a.m. on Monday. A worker fell down the hole and was extracted by New York Fire Department officials.

The worker was rushed to the hospital in order to receive care. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Brooklyn Construction Accidents

Falls are the most common causes 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.

A building owner or general contractor could be liable for any accident where a worker is injured after falling. Commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law” New York State Labor Law § 240 imposes strict liability on construction companies, contractors and building owners when a worker falls or is hit by a falling object. Victims of falls tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

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

The vast majority of construction accidents are preventable. They tend to involve construction companies that are cutting corners in terms of safety. Any person that is injured in a construction accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Brooklyn Construction Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the worker injured in this construction accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Brooklyn construction accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our team of construction accident attorneys 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. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in 1992 as the Senior Trial partner. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, Jeff has obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements.