The construction industry is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in our society. Scaffolding falls, electrical accidents, construction truck accidents and more put workers at risk every day. It is vital that construction companies, supervisors and employers adhere to safety regulations and provide a safe working environment and follow all processes appropriately.
Despite the best laws and processes, accidents do happen and they can result in varying levels of injury severity and even death. A recent incident on Govenors Island has left a Staten Island resident dead. A pipe approximately 15 feet long that was to be used for a storm sewer project fell while being unloaded. Portions of a sea wall are under reconstruction and required the pipe.
A forklift was being used to unload the pipe from a truck when it fell, leading to the construction worker’s death. The article reporting the accident did not state whether the man died on the scene or later.
Accidents such as this highlight the importance of continued scrutiny for workplace safety, especially on construction sites. Labor and safety laws are in place to prevent problems but there are also laws in place to protect injuried parties or their families in the event that an accident does occur. If you have suffered as a result of a construction accident, talking to an attorney may be helpful so that you can learn what options may be available to you for compensation. This may include payment of medical expenses, lost wages or other claims.
Source: The New York Times, “Staten Island man, 55, is killed by a falling 15-foot pipe,” July 5, 2013