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Better track safety rules pushed after construction worker death

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that it is drafting stricter safety rules for track workers. Their improvement is in response to a recent train accident that killed a construction worker.

Under the new rules, the train traffic is required to stop when a transit worker is positioning work-zone lights. This action is especially applicable on curves where there is no safety space for the workers. The motion to bolster the safety rules was brought up by the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to the committee and then agreed upon by the MTA.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the death of the construction flagger. Based on preliminary investigations, the victim was placing yellow warning lights on the curve when a G train struck him. The operator of the train told the police he was not informed before he left the previous station that there were people working on the tracks.

We at Hach & Rose, LLP believe everyone is entitled to safe working conditions. If you or your loved one was the victim of an unsafe work site, contact us at 866-LAWS-USA.

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.

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.

Drastic increase in New York City construction accidents

New York City’s construction boomed in 2015, leading to an increase in construction accidents and related deaths. A new article by the New York Times sheds more light on the increase in construction deaths, pointing at poor safety conditions and inadequate regulators. The rate at which workers were becoming fatally injured far exceeded the rate of construction, alluding to other causes of increased accidents.

The law requires certain regulations to be in place at construction sites to protect workers and pedestrians near dangerous construction zones. Equipment such as harnesses and helmets are often neglected along with other basic safety precautions. The majority of the dozens of deaths reported in the past few years were “completely avoidable” according to the New York Times.

The NYC Buildings Department showed that 10 workers were killed in construction projects in the 2015 fiscal year, almost double the annual average over the past four years. The number of workers who were injured was 324, an over 50 percent increase from the previous year. The New York Times claimed the majority of the injured workers were undocumented immigrants.

One of the major problems facing New York City construction workers is the lack of officials monitoring dangerous construction sites. The volume of construction makes it impossible for inspectors and other safety officials to deter corrupt and negligent construction companies from continuing dangerous practices.

If you were injured in a construction accident and would like to file charges against the party responsible for your injuries, please contact the New York construction accidents attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. For more information about the legal services we provide injured workers, call 866-LAWS-USA today.

Landlord claims damages by Tory Burch construction

The construction of Tory Burch’s new SoHo store has caused damages to the adjacent building. The next-door luxury rental building, considered a landmark, is owned by Herbert Moskowitz. The building has been standing for over 130 years at 153 Mercer Street, and Moskowitz reported that the drilling at the construction site next-door has caused damages to his building.

According to the New York Post, the Manhattan civil suit reported that the foundation had moved by half an inch, which caused the luxury building’s elevator to become unusable, as the interior doors would not close.

The landlord claimed that the Department of Buildings allowed him to take extreme measures for the sake of safety. Tory Burch denies all allegations and maintains that they only hire excellent service.

Construction mishaps might not directly affect people, but they can pose a lot of risk for the future. It doesn’t matter if you are a mere passerby or a worker at the construction site- if someone is responsible, they should be apprehended. If someone should be liable for damages made to you or to anyone you know, do not hesitate to contact our team of construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.

Construction worker seriously hurt after falling 25 ft. in Hudson Yards incident

A construction worker was left in serious condition after falling 25 feet at a 62-story luxury apartment construction project in Hudson Yards, the New York Daily News reported.

The worker, whose identity has been withheld, fell from the second floor of the apartment building at 435 W. 31st St. The worker sustained injuries and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition. A spokesperson for the Hunter Roberts Construction Group, the firm responsible for the project, said they are working with authorities to investigate the incident.

Construction workers face the everyday hazard of slips and falls. Unfortunately, many slip and fall incidents on construction sites across the country could have been prevented with proper fall protection equipment. If you have been harmed while working on a construction site and you think your employer has not equipped you with the protection you need to do your job safely, our team of construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP can guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation. Call our New York office at 866-LAWS-USA and learn more about taking legal action today.

NYC construction site-related accidents peaked in 2014

In New York City, construction site accidents peaked in 2014 at the highest number in the past seven years. This past year alone, 231 accidents occurred, 18 of which involved pedestrians. Out of these 18 accidents, 22 people were hurt, which is the third highest pedestrian injury rate to date.

From 2008 to 2014, 96 construction site accidents caused injuries to 155 people. These high numbers of injuries exemplify the need for pedestrians to be aware of their surrounding areas, but moreover the need for site overseers to resume a high degree of responsibility. To ensure worker and pedestrian safety, construction teams must exercise caution while working.

Construction site accidents are often highly preventable; if proper safety measures are taken and regulated, accidents can be minimized. However, failure to do so can result in injuries of innocent individuals. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site accident, you can speak with a qualified attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP to craft a strong and strategic case against your wrongdoer. For legal assistance in pursuing the responsible party, please feel free to call 866-LAWS-USA.

Following the Mayors’ Challenge can increase street safety

Speaking out to every city’s political figures and civilians, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has outlined how following the Mayors’ Challenge helps promote street safety. Adhering to the activities of the Mayors’ Challenge can, for instance, reduce preventable accidents – specifically ones that result from situational factors like ongoing construction.

The Mayors’ Challenge consists of seven activities, as outlined by the Department of Transportation. Most prevalent to New York, three of the activities involve the following:

  • Maintaining streets so that they meet the needs of pedestrians and bikers
  • Developing additional laws and regulations to protect pedestrians and bikers
  • Increasing awareness and implementing safe road use by all

Although these challenges are intended to proactively protect citizens, accidents can still happen. Devastating consequences often occur when construction sites injure someone in the surrounding area. If you have been hurt in a similar situation, contact an experienced attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP for legal assistance. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to speak with one of our New York personal injury lawyers today.

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