On September 21, two fatal construction accidents occurred just hours apart in New York, prompting local officials to think of new ways to keep its workers safe. The City Council is considering a bill requiring construction workers to attend safety training and apprenticeship programs.
Atop a luxury waterfront condo development in the Financial District, a 43-year-old man was building concrete molds when he lost his balance and fell 29 stories onto a scaffold bridge. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The second incident took place in Midtown Manhattan. Two workers fell from a bucket lift at the third floor of a construction site on Ninth Avenue; they were taken to a hospital where one of them, a 45-year-old man, later died.
In both incidents, workers were said to be wearing harnesses. However, in the first case, the harness was not clipped in, and harnesses were not secured to the lift in the second case.
The Department of Buildings has stated that there have been a total of seven construction-related deaths this year. The president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has urged others to come together and find ways to keep construction workers safe.
In the event that a construction site accident leads to death, the family members may wish to consult with a lawyer to see if they have the grounds for a wrongful death suit. The attorney could investigate the accident and potentially take the case to court. The client might receive compensation for any pre-death medical bills and funeral expenses. If it can be shown that the deceased was the breadwinner of a family, the client may also be covered for loss of support.