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Slowing Down New York City’s Construction Death Toll

According to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, there were around 17 deaths involving workers in New York City alone in 2015, of which, 15 belong to non-union workers.

In a somewhat historic case, Harco Construction LLC was convicted of several criminal charges including manslaughter, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment on several counts when the collapse of a 13-foot trench killed undocumented immigrant Carlos Moncayo.

“Today’s guilty verdict should signal to the construction industry that managing a project from afar does not insulate a corporation or general contractor from criminal liability,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “Construction companies are responsible for the safety of the individuals that work on their projects, regardless of union or immigration status.”

In relation to the rising number of fatalities, the City of New York has decided to dedicate $120 million in purchasing the latest construction technology, which includes the hiring of 100 new safety inspectors. This, on top of properly penalizing Harco for their negligence and setting an example for other companies, is supposed to improve the safety standards of construction companies in New York.

If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured at a construction job and the company attempted to keep you quiet about it, there may be legal recourse. Contact an attorney with Hach & Rose, LLP where we work specifically with injured workers. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA as soon as possible.


Part of crane hits 3 WTC, no injuries reported

A part of crane hit the under construction 12th floor of 3 World Trade Center on Thursday, August 11th at 8:30 p.m.

In a statement released after the incident, John Gallagher, a spokesman for Tishman Construction, said: “In keeping with safety procedures when a storm is forecast, this evening a crane was pulling in its unloaded line and hook when a gust of wind pushed the small weighted ball attached to the crane’s line into the glass curtain wall in the base of 3 World Trade Center. Although a glass panel was cracked, nothing fell or is in danger of falling. Further, there were no injuries and the incident was completely contained within the site perimeter. Safety inspectors and authorities are on site and looking into the incident. The panel will be replaced.”

The 3 World Trade Center building is one of three new skyscrapers that will take the place of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The 80 story building will open in 2018.

If you have been hurt in a construction site, the experienced lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP could be of help in construction laws. Speak to them by calling at 866-LAWS-USA.


Construction Worker Killed, One Injured After Truck Hits Lift

On July 1st , at 8:00 am, one contractor died and another was seriously injured after a truck struck the lift they were in while working on the exit ramp of the West Seattle Bridge. The contractors were working on the Fauntleroy Expressway Bearing Pad Replacement Project.

It was not immediately clear whether the box truck struck the arm of the elevated basket or the basket itself, said Seattle police Detective Patrick Michaud. Both workers were rushed to Harborview Medical Center. Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a 40-year-old worker died and a 57-year-old worker was undergoing surgery with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the worker who died fell about 50 feet to the street surface below the bridge deck where the lift was parked. The injured worker fell about 15 feet to the exit ramp.

The thoughts of our staff at Hach & Rose, LLP, are with the two victims and their families.


Harco Construction found guilty of manslaughter

A construction company was found guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of worker Carlos Moncayo, 22, an Ecuadorian native. According to prosecutors, Harco Construction Corp. created unsafe working conditions that resulted in Moncayo getting buried in a collapsing excavation pit in the Meatpacking District on April 6, 2015.

Charges against William Cueva, a foreman, and Alfonso Prestia, a superintendent, are still pending. “Today’s guilty verdict should signal to the construction industry that managing a project from afar does not insulate a corporation or general contractor from criminal liability,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

If you are facing physical and emotional strain after a construction accident, the team at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you fight for the financial assistance to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to your accident or injury. Call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA to speak with a committed and capable construction accident attorney about your situation.


Owner of NY Construction Company Indicted

66 year old Salvatore Schirripa faces several charges, including manslaughter, after being indicted for a failure to follow safety regulations that caused an employee’s death. His employee, Vidal Sanchez Ramon, was killed at Schirripa’s work site at 360 Neptune Avenue after falling from the sixth story.

Ramon should have been wearing a harness, and the construction site should have been surrounded by a fence on each floor that prevents falls. Had he followed city building codes, Ramon would likely still be alive. Schirripa has received notice of violations in the past, and submitted a faulty proof of worker’s compensation insurance to city officials. He plead not guilty in court last week, and faces up to 15 years if he is convicted at his September 7th court date.

When employers do not follow the guidelines set by the city, dangerous construction accidents are far more likely to occur. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a construction accident, call the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP by dialing (212) 779-0057 today.


Plumbing and fixture manufacturer in NY facing hefty fine for exposing workers to lead

A plumbing and fixture manufacturer based in Brooklyn is facing $105,600 in proposed fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they exposed their workers to lead, noise, and chemical hazards.

OSHA learned that an Acme Parts Inc. worker had an increased blood lead level and further investigations showed that workers at the facility are exposed to excessive noise, lead, and other harmful chemicals without sufficient protections. Acme Parts reportedly was suspected of negligence for failing to provide their workers with safety training and proper clothing. Workers were also not prevented from eating and drinking in areas contaminated with lead. Kay Gee, the OSHA area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, stated that workers who are exposed to lead are at risk of suffering nervous system damage and other illnesses affecting vital organs.

Families often have to deal with great financial loss when their loved ones sustain injuries or develop illnesses in the workplace. If you are struggling with a negligent employer, a lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to represent you. To discuss how it could be possible to receive the compensations you need, call 866-LAWS-USA.


Fatal Construction Accident in Greenwich Village

27-year-old Louis Mata moved from Mexico at a young age to work and support his family, but his life was cut short by a falling piece of scaffolding from a work site in Greenwich Village. Saddened by their loss, Mata’s family and friends are arguing that safety is being ignored in order to maximize profits by companies who employ non-union workers.

A spokesperson from the Department of Buildings has looked into Mata’s case and announced that several safety violations had been issued prior to his death. One of the violations was even an order to stop working due to scaffolding. After his death, another stop work order was issued to the job site where the incident occurred.

Though Mata was wearing a hard hat and following procedures on his part, the unsafe working conditions unfairly ended his life. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.


$30M claim filed against NYC after crane collapse

According to an article by The Enterprise, the collapse of a 565-foot-long crane in Manhattan last February led a 73-year-old man from Easton, Thomas O’Brien, to file a 30 million dollar claim against New York City. He argues that the city failed to monitor the construction site properly when O’Brien filed the claim March 18, the report said.

City officials stated that the crane was being used to install air conditioners and generators in a building. The rush of a 20mph wind while it was snowing might have contributed to the accident, but the cause remains unknown.

O’Brien was inside his vehicle when the boom of the crane dropped and landed on his car. Apart from O’Brien, two individuals sustained injuries and a 38-year-old Harvard graduate was killed during the accident.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an attempt to increase the safety of civilians, has stopped the operation of all cranes, with the exception of those attached to buildings, until they undergo city inspections. 

If you have been aggravated by a construction site accident in New York, our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 866-LAWS-USA.


What if my employer retaliates against me after I file my claim?

Your employer cannot take any adverse employment action against you just because you have exercised your legal right to seek compensation for injuries sustained on the job. However, as rare as these cases may be, some employers do choose to break the law by retaliating against their employees for filing a claim. So, even if your employer does end up taking retaliatory action against you, our attorneys will be able to pursue legal action against your employer for the separate damages that will be associated with their wrongdoing.

If you or someone you love was hurt on the job, there may be a number of legal options that will be available for you to pursue compensation from the responsible party or parties. To speak with a New York construction accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, about any of the reservations or concerns you may have about filing a claim, please call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.


Worker killed in six-story fall

The New York post recently reported that a construction worker for a Manhattan project was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after he fell six stories while working on the East Harlem building on February 4. The 62-year-old man was not identified by name, but it was released that he was from Queens.

The victim was standing on a fire escape and was reportedly working on a replacement for the gutters in the back of the building at 124 E. 107th Street when the accident took place at around 12:05 p.m. An unnamed co-worker was completing a similar task nearby when the victim fell.

The man was working for Thiva, a construction company based in Astoria. Reports from the police said that the man slipped and was not wearing any safety equipment; although the authorities have branded it as “just a bad accident,” an investigation by the Department of Buildings is still taking place.


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