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.
As a crane was unloading an air conditioning unit at a New York City office building on June 1, the air conditioner detached and plummeted 28 stories to the sidewalk below, according to an ABC 7 news report.
Ten people were injured due to the falling unit, including five pedestrians, two construction workers, one firefighter, and two New York Police Department officers.
Reports indicate the floor buckled, causing the air conditioning unit to fall. The cause of the floor shaking is still unknown. Authorities believe the weight of the unit was too heavy, or there was a defect in the construction of the floor.
The air conditioning unit hit several exterior parts of the building during its fall. Debris littered the streets below, with many large pieces damaging cars and other property. The cloud of dust caused by the accident caused several blocks of the city to be shut down for hours while crews began the clean-up process.
Construction accidents are serious events that can lead to significant, sometimes fatal injuries. Thousands of people are injured or killed due to dangerous construction sites and poor equipment training every year. If you or someone you know was injured on a construction site, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team is here to defend your rights and work towards compensation for your injuries. Call 866-LAWS-USA today for more information.
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.