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Hoist malfunction at 432 Park Avenue construction site

Last Wednesday, New York’s Building Department issued a work-stop order on the 432 Park Avenue construction site after a section of guardrail plummeted from the 81st floor of the building, according to an article by the New York Times. Fortunately, no one was injured when the eight feet long section of guardrail fell from a malfunctioning hoist and landed just in front of the building across the street.

The work-stop order was lifted the next day once the hoist malfunction was satisfactorily addressed and inspected by the hoist installation company. Work began again on Friday.

The building is already the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere and arguably the tallest building in the city; only the spire on top of the 1 World Trade Center reaches higher. The building is expected open later this year.

As the New York construction site accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, know, the risks construction workers in New York are exposed to are unique and often exceedingly dangerous. If you have been injured in a New York construction accident, you should call our New York offices at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss your legal options moving forward.

Immigrant construction worker wins a record payout of $62M

A jury awarded $62 million to a Chinese immigrant worker who suffered from a traumatic brain injury and other serious health conditions after a construction accident in 2008, The New York Post reported on December 18.

Considered the largest verdict for a single plaintiff lawsuit in Queens, the multi-million dollar payout consists of payments for past and future pain and suffering and for previous medical costs. Zeng Guang Lin, 26, suffered from serious injuries after plunging 20 feet off a roof while on duty in The Bronx. The jury was convinced that the construction company fell short in providing Lin appropriate safety devices that could have prevented the incident.

Lin’s testimony was entirely in Mandarin, as he does not speak English.

The right to file for and win a workers’ compensation claim should never depend on one’s background, race, or affiliations. The New York construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, know no boundaries in assisting construction workers in their pursuit of compensation from liable contractors or property owners. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to seek unbiased, superior legal help today.

OSHA seeks public comment for electrical safety in construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) has requested public comments regarding how the construction and general industries can further protect workers from electric hazards, The Hill reported on October 30.

The request for public comments is a part of OSHA’s effort to review electrical safety standards in the construction industry and other occupations to make sure workers are protected from electric hazards. OSHA’s request for information has been published in the Federal Register. The public is given 60 days to send their responses.

Despite government efforts to ensure that every construction worker is protected from electrical hazards, there are still many employers and contractors who fall short when maintaining proper electric safety measures. If you believe the accident you have been involved in at a construction site in New York has been the result of a negligent employer, speak with an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, to learn if your situation qualifies you for a claim. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA and have your case assessed for free.

Who is liable for my construction site injuries?

Liability for injuries in a construction accident largely depends on the cause of the accident. In some cases, equipment manufacturers may be liable for damage caused by faulty machinery, tools, or any other defective structure. In other accidents, negligence on the part of co-workers or third party contractors may be to blame. Property owners may be held liable in some cases, particularly if an accident was caused by ground conditions. Other instances may be the result of employer negligence, when an employer does not ensure that a construction site abides by certain safety standards, or workers are not properly trained.

If you have experienced a construction accident and are unsure who could be held liable, an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call our offices in New York at Hach & Rose, LLP today to discuss your particular case and your options for recourse.

8 construction workers hurt after a Brooklyn building collapse

Eight construction workers suffered non-life threatening injuries after a rundown building collapsed around 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 26.

According to the city’s Fire Department officials, workers fell to the first floor of 1916 Prospect Place in Brooklyn while doing construction work on the building’s third floor. Some of the injured construction workers were immediately transported to Kings County Hospitals for treatment.

Residents who have witnessed the incident said they have seen the workers walk into the unstable building.

Accidents on construction sites can be emotionally traumatic, not to mention the physical and financial damages that might also occur. If you are a construction worker who was hurt in a construction accident in New York, seek the legal help of our team at Hach & Rose, LLP, in filing a legal claim. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to get in touch with one of our lawyers today.

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