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Worker killed in construction accident

A tragic work mishap at the demolition site of the former Gap Warehouse on Merritt Boulevard took the life of a 58-year-old excavator operator on Saturday.

The worker was operating an excavator at the demolition area when a portion of a steel beam pierced through the construction equipment he was operating. At 2:38 p.m., the Village of Fishkill Fire and Police department responded to the scene only to pronounce the worker dead.

The victim was later identified as 58-year-old James Parisella, a resident of Florida. Authorities reported that Parisella was employed by Environmental Remediation Services Inc. of Syracuse that has been demolishing and rebuilding the site since November of last year.

Our staff at Hach & Rose, LLP would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of James Parisella.


New York construction worker fell to their death

A tragic work accident took the life of a 30-year-old construction worker on 152 East 87th St. near Lexington Avenue, Friday morning, December 23.

At around 9:20 a.m., the man was working on the third floor of the building when, for yet unknown reasons, he fell down to the basement. According to the report, the impact left the victim with serious head injuries. He was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, despite attempts at life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The worker was identified as Mahamoudon Marega. He was a resident in The Bronx and was employed by Highbury Construction.

The Department of Building (DOB) issued a full-stop work order at the construction site following the incident. Preliminary investigation shows that the case does not appear to be elevator related.

The cause of the accident is yet to be determined, as the investigation is still in progress.

Our staff at Hach & Rose, LLP cannot express how terrible this news is. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.


Better track safety rules pushed after construction worker death

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that it is drafting stricter safety rules for track workers. Their improvement is in response to a recent train accident that killed a construction worker.

Under the new rules, the train traffic is required to stop when a transit worker is positioning work-zone lights. This action is especially applicable on curves where there is no safety space for the workers. The motion to bolster the safety rules was brought up by the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to the committee and then agreed upon by the MTA.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the death of the construction flagger. Based on preliminary investigations, the victim was placing yellow warning lights on the curve when a G train struck him. The operator of the train told the police he was not informed before he left the previous station that there were people working on the tracks.

We at Hach & Rose, LLP believe everyone is entitled to safe working conditions. If you or your loved one was the victim of an unsafe work site, contact us at 866-LAWS-USA.


New York City Transit Track Worker Wins Case Involving Unsafe Work Site

Brooklyn’s Janathan Harte, 49, recently won another legal battle over the unsafe and unethical work conditions at a Brooklyn subway facility that he was forced to endure.

Throughout Harte’s tenure as the Track Division Vice Chairmen for TWU’s Local 100, he learned of the many unsafe work conditions that he and his team were exposed to on a daily basis. Harte reported that exposed wires, out of code fire extinguishers, garbage everywhere, and broken emergency lights are only a few of the countless hazards the workers faced. In 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled in favor of Harte over the unsafe work conditions at his facility. Harte is expecting only about $2,500 from the suit and claims he did not file the suit for the money.

The second more recent victory was ruled by a Federal judge in favor of Harte for the six days of wages that he was not given while in pursuit of his claim. Harte was then awarded only $1,656 for his lost wages; however, all of his $70,000 worth of attorney fees will be paid for by NYC Transit.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients ensure that they are working in the safest possible work conditions. If you believe that you are the victim of an unsafe work site, contact our office at 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about how we can assist you in your case.


Construction site accident causes death and injury

A building under construction in Miami was the site of several injuries and one fatality on October 26th.

Miami Fire Rescue officials said that due to a structural collapse at the Echo Brickell Building, debris flew across the road and severely damaged a parked car. Spliced woods and other building materials were still hanging on the upper floor. People who witnessed the incident rushed to rescue a woman hit by flying debris while in the driver’s seat of a car.

A 50-year-old man had a heart attack after running away from the construction accident site and later died. Another five people, including two construction workers, were injured. One construction worker, Quincy Williams, was at the job site wearing a helmet but still suffered a laceration to his head from falling debris.

Property Markets Group, the developer of Echo Brickell, released a statement expressing their sadness and condolences for the victims and their families. The site has been secured and is currently under inspection.


Brooklyn construction accident kills one

A fatal construction accident occurred in the Brooklyn area, just near the Atlantic Terminal, Tuesday, October 11.

The 43-year-old construction worker was found by people in the area in the early afternoon, who called emergency crews. The man, Paul Kenedy from the Bronx, was unconscious upon the arrival of the crews, having suffered serious injuries to his head and body. He died shortly after while still at the scene.

The exact cause of his death remains unknown but there is a lead in that the site he was on had a permit to build a construct with 13 floors. The company was asked to stop construction while the investigation took place.

The team of New York construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP send their thoughts to the victim and those who were close to him.


NYC Construction Accidents Continue to Rise

New York City continues its steady trend of increasing construction accidents for the fourth year in a row.

Recently the de Blasio administration released data indicating that construction related accidents are consistently rising once again for the 2016 year. According to the data, there were 526 accidents during the 12 month period from June 2015-2016. During the previous year from June 2014-2015, there were only 326 accidents occurring, indicating a 60% increase in construction-related accidents. Furthermore, while there has been an increase in construction workers during these two years, 2016 only saw an 8.8% increase in construction jobs, failing to provide a solution to the upward trend.

De Blasio has come constantly under attack for the persistent increase in construction accidents during his tenure as New York’s 109th Mayor, despite raising penalties for construction safety violations. Construction accidents frequently occur throughout the city and often lead to serious injuries or even death. If you or someone you love has been in a construction accident, contact a qualified New York construction accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP today at 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about your legal options.


Crane Collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge

The collapse of a large construction crane on New York City’s Tappan Zee bridge last Tuesday caused significant structural damage to the bridge, but only minor human injury.

Although no cars were hit by the crane, two cars crashed while trying to avoid it and some minor injuries were sustained. Two construction workers were also mildly injured, but all in all, the human cost of the incident was minimal.

While there is no official public statement yet, the construction company is attributing the 256-foot tall crane’s collapse to either equipment malfunction or operator error. External factors like weather did not seem to contribute to the accident.

The Tappan Zee bridge has been under construction since 2013 in hopes of replacing the old Tappan Zee bridge by 2018. With the exception of one substantially damaged lane, the bridge was up and running again on Tuesday night. Officials are not yet certain whether or how much this will offset the expected construction completion time.

Crane collapses and other similar equipment malfunctions can cause insurmountable damage that is difficult to come back from. If you have sustained a personal injury due to a construction accident, Hach & Rose, LLP can help you fight for the compensation you need to heal. Contact our New York offices at 866-LAWS-USA for an in-depth case consultation with our experienced lawyers.


NYC attorney who withheld settlement from clients disbarred

An attorney from Long Island has recently lost his right to practice the law after an investigator revealed several cases of refusing to pay his clients their due settlements.

Paul Vesnaver was revealed to have withheld $500,000 from a settlement he won for an injured client, as well as from several other clients for up to $200,000. After pressure from both the Eyewitness News Investigators and the Judicial Grievance Committee, Vesnaver resigned due to his professional misconduct and failure to obtain the client settlements. After this, he cannot practice in New York.

One of his clients—Xhevat Misku, to whom he owes half a million dollars for a settlement for his construction accident—believes that “it’s not enough, just to resign” and that “he [Vesnaver] has to go to jail.”

Misku’s son, Adnan, said that he wonders how many more formal clients have attempted to reach the disgraced former lawyer out of desperation.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP understand that such legal malpractice is unacceptable and the victims of construction site accidents not only deserve but need their settlement money to assist in medical payments and continued quality of life. Contact us today at 866-LAWS-USA for a competent, compassionate attorney who understands your plight.


Construction worker dies from fall in Midtown Manhattan

On Thursday, September 15, a construction worker was killed when he fell from the roof of a Midtown Manhattan condominium building.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. and the 52-year-old fell from the 47th story to a second-floor deck and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was the owner of the independent subcontractor Crowne Architectural Systems, according to a New Line Structures spokesperson.

No one has been arrested as the investigation continues and the victim’s name has not been released, pending family notification.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident while working on a construction site, an attorney with Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you file a case for a fair compensation. Contact our offices at 866-LAWS-USA to know about your rights and options.


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