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Construction worker files lawsuit against Staten Island courthouse

Fifty-eight-year-old Ridgewood, Queens resident James McDonough, a construction worker who worked on the construction project for the new $230-million courthouse in St. George, New York City, has filed a lawsuit against the city, the state Dormitory Authority, the state Office of Court Administration, and several other contractors after alleging that the defendants are responsible for unsafe working conditions at the construction site, causing him to fall down a shaft and suffer from leg and arm injuries last summer.

McDonough, a contractor for J.P. Mechanical, was doing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning work for the company when the mishap occurred. Fire Department Division 8 Deputy Chief Richard Howe said McDonough fell down the elevator shaft to the floor below the one he had been working on. Howe stated that McDonough was also prevented from falling all the way to the bottom of the shaft by the duct work and was later rescued by a firefighter, who took him to the fourth floor and pulled him out of the building.

New York law requires property owners and general contractors to provide a safe working environment for construction workers. When they fail to do this, they can be held liable for the undue harm a worker sustains. Get in touch with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA if you are a New York construction worker who has been harmed in a workplace accident.


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