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Manhattan Construction Accident Leaves One Man Dead

On May 5, a construction worker fell 24 stories down an elevator shaft while working on a luxury Manhattan hotel, according to the New York Post.

The 25-year-old, Christian Ginesi, was installing elevator door frames when the cart he was riding in stalled. Ginesi attempted to leap to safety and lost his footing, falling back into the elevator shaft. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.

This is not the first fall reported at the construction site. The site of the 600-room RUI Hotel and Resort in Time Square previously was cited for unsafe working conditions. Lack of safety railing, workers without proper safety training from OSHA, and scaffolding without proper support were all reported. G-Tech Association, the construction company that employed Ginesi, was given a Class 1 violation for failure to safeguard workers.

The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, sends our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues affected by this terrible loss.


If I sustained an injury working at an unsafe work site, who may be held liable?

A property owner or general contractor will most likely be held responsible. According to New York state labor laws, specifically section 241-6, a property owner or contractor could be held accountable for any damages resulting from an injury that was caused directly by unsafe conditions at a construction work site. There are other elements that determine liability and your eligibility for financial compensation, however. Because of this, it is critical that anyone who believes that their injury resulted from the conditions of an unsafe work site to consult with an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible, who may be critical in the pursuit of the funds you need to recover.

The New York construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you determine who exactly may be held liable for any injury you sustained on the job. To speak with one of our attorneys today, please call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA.


Construction worker files lawsuit against Staten Island courthouse

Fifty-eight-year-old Ridgewood, Queens resident James McDonough, a construction worker who worked on the construction project for the new $230-million courthouse in St. George, New York City, has filed a lawsuit against the city, the state Dormitory Authority, the state Office of Court Administration, and several other contractors after alleging that the defendants are responsible for unsafe working conditions at the construction site, causing him to fall down a shaft and suffer from leg and arm injuries last summer.

McDonough, a contractor for J.P. Mechanical, was doing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning work for the company when the mishap occurred. Fire Department Division 8 Deputy Chief Richard Howe said McDonough fell down the elevator shaft to the floor below the one he had been working on. Howe stated that McDonough was also prevented from falling all the way to the bottom of the shaft by the duct work and was later rescued by a firefighter, who took him to the fourth floor and pulled him out of the building.

New York law requires property owners and general contractors to provide a safe working environment for construction workers. When they fail to do this, they can be held liable for the undue harm a worker sustains. Get in touch with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA if you are a New York construction worker who has been harmed in a workplace accident.


Upstate construction accident results in one death and two injuries

On Monday, December 2, one laborer died and two were severely injured after a retaining wall collapsed at a Maybrook, New York construction site.

After the retaining wall collapsed on the worker, it took medical responders hours to extract the victim’s body from the debris.

One of the surviving workers was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with multiple injuries, while the other injured victim was taken to the Orange Regional Medical Center via ambulance.

According to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the site was being used to simulate the Catskill Aqueduct, which transports drinking water south to New York City.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our thoughts to those affected by this unfortunate accident.


NYU construction accident kills a contractor

On Friday, November 15, a construction worker fell 40 feet from a scaffolding unit. The scaffolding was connected to a New York University building in Greenwich Village. Police investigators reported that the victim died at the accident site.

The victim was a contractor for D.P. Consulting Corp. hired to work construction on the façade of NYU’s Language and Literature building. NYU officials said they cancelled work at the construction site to “ensure that our contractors are in compliance with safety.”

Losing a loved one in any situation is difficult. Our attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP extend our condolences to those affected by this upsetting accident.


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