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Construction accidents in New York -- 1 more dead

Along with his loved ones, the musicians that shared good times with a drummer by night and a surveyor by day are saddened by his tragic death in a workplace accident. As with all fatal construction accidents, the New York City's Buildings Department issued an immediate stop-work order at the site where a 69-story construction is underway. The order applies to only one of the six high-rise buildings that form part of a Manhattan West project.

Reportedly, a 16th-story platform on which the employee was standing collapsed, causing his 10-floor fall onto the sixth floor. What exacerbates the tragedy of this man's death is the fact that he was working toward creating a cocoon system that would prevent or protect fall victims. Sadly, this is also the system that would likely have saved his life.

The Buildings Department investigated the incident, and officials reported that several safety violations were committed. These included allowing the employee to work in a dangerous area at a height that required fall prevention gear including a harness and lifeline with a secure anchor point. None of these was provided, and the worker fell to his death with no protection to arrest the fall.

The New York workers' compensation system allows dependents of employees who lost their lives in construction accidents to pursue financial relief. Experienced attorneys are available to provide support and guidance during the complex administrative and legal proceedings of death benefits claims. The benefits typically include coverage for funeral and burial expenses along with a portion of the deceased worker's lost income.

Source:, "Stop-work order issued for construction site where Montgomery man died", Richard J. Bayne, June 7, 2017

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