The Forest Hills Post reported that a construction worker slipped and fell while working on the 17-story development located at 3-50 St Nicholas Ave, Queens, NY 11385.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the worker was said to have been moving a piece of plywood when he slipped and fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft. The building, known as the Ridgewood Tower, will be the tallest in the Ridgewood area when completed. The 45-year-old victim was taken to the Wyckoff hospital in critical condition but died as he arrived. This was the second worker injured at the construction site. The first worker was hit by a falling gate in February.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents injured NY construction workers and their families. As an experienced construction accident lawyer, he helps clients recover the financial compensation they deserve following a tragic construction accident. Laurence recently shared his insight regarding who is liable for fatal construction site accidents.
"Construction workers have some of the highest rates of work-related injuries. In order to reduce the chance of injuries and fatal accidents, the requires that contractors maintain safe working conditions. Sometimes contractors neglect the safety of their employees in order to save money, leaving construction workers to deal with dangerous working conditions. Issues such as faulty equipment, failure to upkeep the machinery's maintenance, unsafe site environment, and dismissing basic safety procedures can lead to severe or fatal accidents. The construction company or contractor could be considered negligent if they neglected safety."
"When a construction worker is seriously injured on the job site or, worse, dies, their family should be aware of their legal rights. Often, the contractor or construction company can be held liable for failing to ensure the site or equipment is up to regulations. By speaking with an experienced construction accident lawyer, they can fully explore their legal options, which may include compensation. "