Last Update: 7/13/2020
Three construction workers were injured, including one with serious injuries, in a wall collapse in Brooklyn on March 25. The workers were reportedly constructing a foundation for a home at the time of the collapse.
A man in his 40s was trapped in a trench after the collapse and buried up to his chest in dirt and cinder blocks. He was hospitalized at Community Hospital on Kings Highway with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The two other men working with him at the time were not trapped but suffered minor injuries and were hospitalized at Maimonides Medical Center.
The collapse happened at around 12:09 p.m. in the back of a home at 1925 East 14th Street in Sheepshead Bay. Responding firefighters and emergency service police arrived at the scene and discovered two of the men out of the trench, with a third trapped inside. A cinder block wall had collapsed on the side of the house.
According to fire officials, the wall was likely part of the home and these officials were not sure what the crew was doing when the collapse happened. Officials believe the workers may have been building an extension to the home and creating a foundation.
A stop-work order has been issued for the construction company, but the name of that company has not been released. It is not clear if the company had proper permits for this project.
Attorney Laurence Banville represents injured construction workers and helps them explore their options for financial compensation. Laurence has offered to add some information on these options, including potential construction injury lawsuits:
Construction work can be a dangerous job, but proper safety precautions can reduce those dangers. However, sometimes preventable construction accidents and injuries occur due to a failure to institute such precautions. When construction workers are injured on the job, it’s crucial to fully investigate the circumstances that led to these injuries and determine if the accident could have been prevented.
Some construction work injuries are caused by negligence. For example, a construction company might be considered negligent for injuries suffered by their employees if the company failed to secure legally-required permits before beginning construction. If negligence was a contributing factor to injuries suffered, the workers could have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you’ve been injured while working in construction, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting our experienced construction injury lawyers and discussing your case in a free consultation.