Worker Seriously Injured In Upper East Side, Manhattan Construction Accident After Falling Down 25-Foot Hole
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (November 12, 2022) – A construction worker was injured after falling down a 25-feet hole at an Upper East Side construction site.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place on Wednesday. A construction team was performing work at a site by 250 East 83rd Street.
A worker fell more than 25 feet into a hole in the ground. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
An ambulance took the construction worker to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Manhattan Construction Accidents
Thousands of workers are seriously injured or killed every year in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In 2020, more than 1 in 5 workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry. Just over one-third of the deaths in this industry were due to falls, slips, and trips, and were almost entirely from falls to a lower level.” There are many different steps that construction companies should take to protect workers from falls.
- Construction workers should be provided with personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
- Construction workers should be well trained.
- Construction site should be maintained in a reasonably safe condition.
Construction companies have a non-delegable duty to maintain their work sites in a reasonably safe condition. They must protect workers from falling or being struck by falling objects. When a worker is injured in a Staten Island construction accident a general contractor or owner could be held strictly liable under New York State Labor Law § 240/241. This statute, commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law” covers most gravity related accidents at construction sites. What follows below are a list of construction activities that the Scaffold Law will typically apply to.
- The erection of a building or applicable structure
- The demolition of a building or applicable structure
- Repairing, altering, demolishing cleaning or painting of a building or applicable structure
- The erection of a scaffold, hoists, stays, ladders or other related equipment
Any worker that is injured in a workplace fall may have civil recourse through a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages and medical bills. In many instances, workers may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months 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 Manhattan Construction Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the construction worker injured in this Upper East Side 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 accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Manhattan construction accident? Our team of construction accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you have legal questions or need any type of help after an accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.