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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.

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.

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.

Five common construction accidents

Because construction work often requires a certain level of physical effort, workers are subject to injuries and hazards at a higher rate than those in other professions.While there are protocols that should be followed by companies and contractors in construction sites, injuries and deaths still happen with far too much frequency. According to various sources, the five most common construction site accidents are:

  • Falling from Height – Working in buildings and other properties often requires scaffolding and ladders, and the lack of guardrails is cited as one of the common mistakes in construction sites.
  • Falling Objects – Debris and other materials pose significant threats to construction workers when safety nets and guardrails are not provided.
  • Slipping/Tripping – A number of materials and substances are always present in construction sites, and disorganization can lead workers to trip over these things easily.
  • Vehicular Accident – Construction-related vehicles like forklifts pose a serious hazard especially when the operator is not properly trained.
  • Electrocution – The use of wires, machinery, and other electric materials in a construction site cannot be avoided, but they pose a serious threat when they are not properly marked or defective.

If you have been involved in a construction accident in New York, speak with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your case today by calling our office at 866-LAWS-USA.

Upper West Side construction accident injures worker

The New York Daily News reported that a construction worker sustained a significant injury to his face after an accident occurred in an Upper West Side construction site on December 15. According to the report, a four-story building at W. 86th St. and West End Avenue was being renovated when a falling piece of construction material struck a worker who was on the second floor. The victim was brought to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.

Officials stated that the construction material was dropped by another construction worker. The report also showed that the City Buildings Department has issued a violation for “failure to safeguard” and a partial stop-work order for scaffold usage.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident in New York and is planning to pursue a claim against a negligent construction manager, please consult with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call our office today at 866-LAWS-USA to learn how we can help you build your case.

Three people buried in Brooklyn Rowhouse ground collapse

According to a report by NBC 4 New York, three workers on a Brooklyn rowhouse construction site were buried up to the waist after the ground collapsed on December 14. They were reportedly digging an extension in a rowhouse yard on Wilson Street in Williamsburg. Officials said that the building was being renovated when the accident happened.

Two of the workers were rescued by the New York City Fire Department, while the other one was able to dig himself out. The men sustained minor injuries.

The buildings in the vicinity were evacuated by the Department of Buildings as a precaution, and a stop-work order was issued to the rowhouse in question.

A spokesperson for the department said that there was no existing permit for the construction and that the owner of the rowhouse still hasn’t been found.

If you have been injured in a construction accident in New York, be sure to consult with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP to start building your case. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.

NYC construction rally calls for better safety standards

The last federal fiscal year saw eighteen construction worker deaths in New York City in comparison to twelve job site fatalities the year before. On Dec. 10, thousands of construction workers, advocates, public officials, and city community members marched in a rally demanding greater safety standards on construction sites. The rally took place in front of City Hall, where participants carried caskets in a procession to represent the workers that died this year.

Investigation of these fatal construction accidents revealed that the majority of deaths in construction accidents involved non-union workers. Advocates of better safety measures argued that contractors should be held accountable for hiring under-qualified individuals; by hiring non-union workers, they are endangering the lives of qualified and unqualified workers alike.

Many of the union workers disparaged contractors for hiring non-union members who lack extensive safety training in order to cut costs. Unions provide safety and on-the-job training through apprenticeship programs which better prepare workers for a construction site environment.

Construction site accidents are becoming all too common in New York City. If you were injured in an accident while on the job and want to seek damages from a negligent construction company, call the construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team of New York lawyers wants to find you the compensation you need in order to recover from the injuries an unsafe workplace caused you. Please call 866-LAWS-USA today to learn more.

Man injured in construction accident still waiting for lawyer to send settlement

Six years of litigation and three months after reaching a settlement, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn-based construction worker Xhevat Misku is still waiting for his lawyer, Paul Vesnaver, to give him his money from the settlement.

ABC 7 NY reported on November 19 that the Long Island-based lawyer still has not given Misku his $500,000 from the settlement that was reached back in August 2015. In 2009, Misku was injured in a construction accident that left him with a fractured skull and serious back injuries. He is now permanently disabled.

Reports said that Vesnaver sent the money last month, but the bank notified Misku’s family that the check had bounced. The family has since filed a complaint with the New York state Judicial Grievance Committee.

If you have been injured at a construction accident in New York, do not hesitate discussing your case with our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP. We provide excellent and honest legal services to those in need. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.

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.

Fatal construction accident in Meatpacking District was avoidable, OSHA says

On April 6 of this year, the collapse of a 14-foot-deep trench at a construction site in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District took the life of 22-year-old Queens resident Carlos Moncayo.

In an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it was revealed that Moncayo’s employer, Sky Materials Corp., and general contractor, Harco Construction LLC, failed to provide cave-in protection to be used in the trench or to brace any part of the sidewalk to prevent a collapse. OSHA cited willful safety violations for both companies on October 5 and proposed a total of $280,000 fines.

Both companies have been given fifteen days to act on OSHA’s decision, in which time they will have to decide whether they will comply with the citation and penalty or contest the decision before OSHA’s review commission.

OSHA’s Manhattan area director Kay Gee said of Moncayo, “His death was completely avoidable… This unconscionable behavior needlessly and shamefully cost a man his life.”

If you have been hurt in a construction accident in New York, speak with our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP to pursue a claim to compensation against the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.

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