Earlier this month, a man working outside the New York Dream Hotel in Manhattan suffered a fatal fall from the scaffolding on which he was working. According to news reports of the accident, the man was working on the hotel’s façade when he fell approximately 80 feet through a portion of the scaffolding. Early investigations suggest that the wooden planks in question were either removed or had fallen away. The man landed on the sidewalk shed above the front entrance of the hotel. After the fall, the workman was taken by ambulance to the Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can help answer any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your case.
Who Was At Fault for Scaffolding Accident?
After the accident, the city’s Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order and cited the hotel for failure to safeguard persons or property affected by construction operations. During the investigation of the accident, witnesses reported that the workman appeared to fall through a section of scaffolding where the wooden planks were missing. Scaffolding is made of wood planks, which must be properly secured for worker safety. If the planks are not secured properly to the scaffolding, they can slip out of place or even fall out entirely. This leaves a gap in the flooring, leading to an obvious safety hazard to anyone using the scaffold.
New York Scaffolding Accident Lawsuits
It is simply unacceptable for responsible parties to allow these safety lapses to occur. If the fall in this case was caused by the assembly or production of the scaffolding, then the worker’s employer, scaffolding manufacturer or many other entities could be held responsible for the worker’s death.
Due to the abundance of tall buildings in need of maintenance, construction, cleaning, or repair, scaffolding is in constant use in New York City. As a result, scaffolding accidents occur frequently in New York, and these accidents can easily cause serious injury or death to the workmen involved.
When these tragedies occur, it is important to discern the cause of the accident. Victims of scaffolding accidents are often pressured by their employers to waive legal claims and accept workmen’s compensation payments instead. However, these meager payments do not fully compensate the victims or their families for the losses that they suffer due to scaffolding accidents. A skilled New York scaffolding attorney can assist the victims by thoroughly investigating the accident, discerning the cause, and filing legal claims to fully compensate the victims for their losses. Common acts of negligence that can cause scaffolding accidents include a failure to use safety devices such as harnesses or safety netting, inadequately secured scaffolding, and failure to perform safety inspections on the scaffolding.
Contact the Law Office of Sonin & Genis
The highly skilled Bronx scaffold accident attorneys of Sonin & Genis, have been successfully representing clients in personal injury matters for over 20 years. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers of Sonin & Genis right away, if you have been injured in a scaffold accident at (718) 561-4444.