New York residents who work in the construction industry know that they can find themselves in precarious situations at any time. This is true regardless of the nature of a person’s work as it is not only the ironworkers or other people actually performing the construction itself but anyone who steps foot on a construction site that may be injured.
A recent incident at the site of a high rise building currently under construction in Manhattan provides a very clear example of this. A man who worked with an engineering firm was surveying some elements of the site at the time that an accident occurred. The platform on which he was standing caved in, sending him from the sixteenth floor to the sixth floor. Ironically, the work being done by the surveyor was to facilitate plans for a system that was intended to prevent falls on such job sites.
The surveyor, a man only 62 years old, died as a result of his fall. The city has since ordered all work to stop on the site and an investigation will take place. The contractor has also been issued a violation for not properly safeguarding the location.
Family members of those who die in accidents like these may want to talk to an attorney. This may give them an idea of how they might seek compensation for their losses during these difficult times.
Source: New York Daily News, “Worker killed after falling more than 10 stories at Manhattan construction site,” Rocco Parascandola and John Annese, June 7, 2017