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Roof collapse lead to construction worker's serious injuries

The New York Department of Buildings stopped work at a Queens residential home construction site on a recent Wednesday after a construction accident occurred there on the previous day. Building materials weighing thousands of pounds fell onto three workers when the building's roof collapsed, causing serious injuries to one. The workers were members of a construction crew who were adding another story to an existing two-story residence.

Authorities say a crane loaded construction materials onto the building's roof when they suspect the massive weight caused the partial roof collapse. Three workers were in the area when the rubble came crashing through the roof. One worker, age 37, managed to escape the building without being trapped while a 40-year-old employee was briefly trapped.

A third worker, age 28, was less fortunate and remained trapped for almost two hours while rescuers worked on extricating him. Reportedly, they had to dig themselves into the rubble to reach the victim. He was then removed via a trench that they had to excavate to secure his rescue. Paramedics rushed the three critically injured victims to a hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has apparently joined the investigation into this construction accident.

Whenever a New York worker suffers serious injuries and reports it to the employer promptly, he or she can file a workers' compensation benefits claim. While it is possible to navigate such a claim without legal counsel, the skills of an experienced workers' compensation attorney can ease the process. A lawyer can take care of the administrative and legal proceedings while the injured victim can focus of recuperating.

Source:, "City Halts Work on Construction Site Where 3 Workers Were Injured", Jeanmarie Evelly, June 21, 2017

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