The family of an immigrant worker has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against his employer after the employee died in a trench collapse. The employee had apparently not been supplied with a helmet, escape ladder, or shoring to the inside of the trench that may have prevented the collapse from ever taking place.
A New York City newspaper's investigation into work site accidents discovered that job site accidents increased more than 30 percent from fiscal year 2011 to 2012 while the number of injuries rose 46 percent over the same period. These statistics are alarming because enforcement of job site safety has been drastically cut back. So are these cut backs in enforcement the reason for the increase in construction accidents and injuries? From 2009 to 2012, the city's buildings department cut the number of worksite inspections by 40 percent.
Sometimes it takes an unforgettable image to properly convey the importance of worker safety to the public. Black and white photographs of children in sweatshops helped to inspire child labor laws during the industrial revolution. And images of beam walkers perched high atop skyscrapers under construction heightened the American public's awareness of construction industry dangers possibly for the first time.
A warehouse being demolished to make room for a Columbia University expansion project recently collapsed, burying three construction workers in the rubble. Emergency crews were able to dig through the concrete, steel beams and other debris from the fallen 1915 building and eventually free each of them.
A recent crane accident in New York illustrates the inherent dangers construction workers face every day in the workplace. The fatal accident occurred when a 35-ton crane tipped onto its side in the Genesee River gorge, pinning the operator underneath.
While fatal construction accidents in New York City are fairly common, rarely do they result in criminal charges against the responsible parties. However, the horrific consequences of a construction error at the Deutsche Bank building prompted prosecutors to seek criminal convictions against three construction supervisors.
This is the time of year when families should be spending quality time together; unfortunately, several families have lost a beloved family member in December construction accidents.
For most people, $1,141,734 seems like an unimaginable amount of money. Unfortunately, construction worker Jose Rivera didn't win the lottery - far from it, in fact.
Master rigger William Rapetti was cleared of seven counts of manslaughter in a non-jury trial on July 22, 2010. While criminal charges have been cleared, Rapetti still faces numerous civil lawsuits.