Last Update: 7/13/2020
A construction worker suffered injuries the afternoon of Thursday, November 7th on a work site at the intersection of W 180th St and Amsterdam Ave.
Details regarding the accident itself have yet to be released; the same is true for the identity of the victim. All that is known is the man was working about 40 feet underground when he was gravely injured. After suffering the injury, the victim was unable to return above ground by his own means, requiring the help of the New York City Fire Department’s crews.
Emergency crews descended into the construction pit and placed the man on a backboard before extricating him with the use of a specialized crane. The victim was then transported to nearby Harlem Hospital with injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening.
The location of the accident is the future site of the Radio Tower & Hotel which will feature retail, residence, and office spaces.
A regular contributor to The Legal Herald and experienced construction injury attorney at BanvilleLaw.com, Laurence Banville offered the following insight for individuals who may have similarly suffered injuries on a work site:
“Construction sites are scattered across the entire United States and, no matter the nature of the project, all can be considered a dangerous place for those who work on them. Indeed, a large part of being a construction employee is not only having to complete tasks, but also manage the risks to personal health and safety while doing so.
There exist government administrations which regulate construction site hazards, the largest of these being OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.) Through their strict safety standards, OSHA has managed to reduce the frequency as well as the severity of injuries on construction sites.
Nevertheless, injuries continue to take place on a weekly basis. Workers continue to see their lives affected by these tragic accidents as do their families who also have to deal with the trauma of an unexpected incident.
Fortunately, construction employees can count on the worker’s compensation system to receive help after an injury. This help can include coverage of medical expenses as well as loss of income and other direct damages. In some instances, victims of injuries may also file a lawsuit that can provide compensation. Depending on the case, both a worker’s comp claim as well as a lawsuit may be pursued at the same time.
Through these legal proceedings, the help of an experienced construction accident attorney can prove vital. The input of a lawyer can make the difference between a successful compensation claim and a lawsuit, or a failed attempt at getting victims and their families the compensation they need and deserve.”