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Worker Killed In Brooklyn Construction Accident After Equipment Collapsed

Construction Worker Died In Brooklyn Accident After Equipment Collapsed

Worker Killed In Brooklyn Construction Accident After Equipment Collapsed

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (September 13, 2022) – A construction worker has tragically died in a Brooklyn accident when the extension arm of an excavator collapsed.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday morning. A 46-year-old man was trying to attach an extension arm on an excavator when the extension collapsed on top of the worker.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the worker. Sadly, the construction worker suffered severe body trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said that the extension arm weighed over 2,000 lbs. A full investigation into the excavator accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Brooklyn Construction Accidents

Thousands of workers are killed or seriously injured every year in construction accidents. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day. About 20% (1,061) of worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2019 were in construction – accounting for one in five worker deaths for the year.” There are a number of steps that construction companies and general contractors can take in order to keep workers safe.

  • Workers should be given fall protection when they must perform tasks at elevated heights.
  • Workers should be given safety training so that they can identify potential hazards.
  • Work spaces should be kept in a relatively safe condition.

Depending on the facts of any case, a construction company or general contractor could be liable for the death of a construction worker. They could be held at fault for an accident through New York Labor Law § 241(6). This statute creates a non-delegable duty for workplace safety for all employers engaged in construction, excavation and demolition. Companies must follow all industrial codes. If a company fails to follow a specific industrial code, this violation could form the basis of a legal claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any construction accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Any previous violations or safety complaints should be examined.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.

The family of any construction worker killed in an accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages and many of the expenses that can come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, construction companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Brooklyn Construction Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the construction worker killed in this accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a Brooklyn 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 just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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