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Construction Worker Killed in Apartment Building Accident

A 42-year-old worker was killed in a construction accident at the end of last month when he fell through the first floor of an apartment building in Queens and was hit on the head by a steel girder in the building’s basement.

The building in which the accident occurred was under construction at the time of the accident. After the man’s 15-foot fall, he was rushed from Astoria to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Since this time, construction on the building has been stopped and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to look into the incident.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this time.

NYC Construction Executives’ Sentences Reduced

Two construction executives of Testwell Laboratories, Inc., who had been sentenced to significant prison sentences for conducting fake safety tests on steel and concrete in projects throughout the New York City area, recently saw their sentences dramatically reduced by a state appellate court.

CEO V. Reddy Kancharla and Vice President Vincent Barone had been sentenced to 7-21 years and 5 1/3-16 years, respectively, as a result of allegations that they had submitted fake test results at more than 120 different construction sites over a multi-year period. However, the appellate court overturned the most serious charge, criminal enterprise, and reduced both men’s sentences to 16 months-4 years, citing lack of evidence in the decision.

While the court’s judgment should be respected, it’s important to note how serious these types of crimes can be. When critical safety tests are ignored or falsified, it can place both employees working on a construction project and all those who may use the structure in the future in serious danger of suffering a devastating injury. If you’ve been injured as a result of unsafe construction standards, contact the construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling 866-LAWS-USA.

Michael A. Rose to Speak at Continuing Legal Education Event

Next month, Michael A. Rose of Hach & Rose, LLP, will speak at a New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event entitled “Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial 2012.” This event is part of the NYSBA’s Practical Skills Series and will take place on December 7, 2012 at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel.

Michael Rose has participated in these events in the past, and this year, his presentation will include a number of different topics related to “Preparing Your Case.” Specifically, he will be discussing (1) Formal and informal discovery and social networking sites, (2) What must happen before a plaintiff is entitled to a summary judgement under Labor Law § 241(6), and (3) OSHA investigations of construction site accidents. Mr. Rose will be joining a number of other presenters at this event, and is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute.

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