One dead, one trapped after Midtown building collapse
An eight-story building in Midtown partially collapsed on October 30, killing one and leaving another construction worker buried under five floors of debris. Emergency responders including police, firefighters, and EMTs worked to save the trapped man for three hours, removing large pieces of building material and endangering their own lives.
The trapped worker was one of 19 non-union workers that were demolishing the building at the time of the accident. The lower five stories collapsed in a V-shaped pattern which trapped the young man. He was pushed down into the basement from the first floor by thousands of pounds of debris.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital after being removed from the debris. Reports indicate he was in serious but stable condition, staying lucid throughout most of the rescue. Emergency responders were able to connect two IVs to the trapped individual and supply him with medication during the rescue.
An employee of the same company filed a lawsuit against the construction company in May after a construction accident on the Upper East Side left him injured. New York City has experienced a growth in construction injuries this year as the amount of construction projects have increased.
The construction attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP send their deepest condolences to the family of the victim. Construction accidents are devastating events that occur when companies fail to uphold safety standards on construction sites, putting lives at risk of injury or death. If you or someone you love was injured in a construction accident, please call 866-LAWS-USA today.