Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Construction worker dies in workplace accident

Many New Yorkers take their safety for granted. However, many of us find ourselves in danger as an everyday part of our lives. This is especially true for construction workers. These men and women may perform their job duties in close proximity to machinery that can pinch and crush them, or they may be struck by passing traffic that fails to slow down or move over to provide the room to work. The hazardous situations these workers can face are almost limitless, which is why strict safety regulations are in place.

Despite these regulations, every year a significant number of New York construction workers are injured or killed on the job. One such workplace accident occurred recently in Manhattan, leaving one individual dead. According to reports, the worker fell almost 100 feet to his death after he stumbled and fell nine stories down an elevator shaft. Reports also indicate that the victim was not attached to any type of safety harness or line. An investigation into the accident is underway.

This isn't the first time this building project, a 12-story hotel, has been accused of safety issues. In fact, over the last year, it has been hit with 17 complaints regarding safety, one that indicated that employees were not utilizing appropriate safety equipment. All of those complaints have been dealt with in one way or another, but the issues obviously continue.

Those who are fortunate enough to survive a workplace accident oftentimes have a long road to recovery. They can face physical pain, of course, but their financial distress can be unbearable thanks to unexpected medical bills and lost wages. Surviving family members of those who are killed in workplace accidents can face similar hardships. As difficult as it may be to cope in the aftermath of one of these injuries, it is important that victims and their families carefully consider how best to recoup their losses. Oftentimes this includes pursuing a workers' compensation claim.

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