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Malfunctioning construction elevator causes serious injuries

The New York Department of Buildings recently issued an order to stop work on a part of the construction site on Pier 57. This is the planned construction project that may ultimately house the high-profile Anthony Bourdain food market, which is scheduled for completion in 2019. Authorities say safety measures were not instituted and that led to an employee suffering serious injuries.

The circumstances that led to the workplace accident are unclear, and little information was made available. Reportedly, a construction worker was on an elevator that unexpectedly malfunctioned, causing it to fall and pin the worker against a wall. Firefighters of FDNY rushed to the scene to extricate the employee.

The victim was critically injured, and he was admitted to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The construction company that employs the injured worker received two citations for safety violations. However, work was allowed to continue for the rest of the work site. Activities would be authorized to resume in the danger area as soon as the safety issues had been addressed.

Any New York employee who has suffered serious injuries in an on-the-job accident will likely be unable to return to work for a considerable period. That could cause the victim concern about his or her ability to provide for a family. Fortunately, financial assistance can be obtained by filing workers' compensation benefits claims for coverage of medical expenses and lost wages. Proceeding with such a claim can be challenging while a worker is still incapacitated. For that reason, many injured employees choose to seek the help of experienced workers' comp attorneys to navigate benefits claims for them.

Source:, "Construction Paused on Part of Bourdain Market Site After Elevator Pins Worker", Serena Dai, June 8, 2017

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