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New York worker killed in construction fall

With so little available space in New York's cities, many construction projects involve building up rather than out. This means that construction workers oftentimes have to work at excessive heights every day they go to work. For many of these individuals, the height is nothing more than another part of the job. For others, though, operating at such heights can be frightening. Yet, regardless of how one feels while working many feet up in the air, all of them are at risk of an injurious or fatal fall. This risk is multiplied when employers fail to provide adequate training and proper safety equipment. When a construction accident occurs and a worker falls, the results can be tragic.

To see an example one need only look at a recent incident in New York City. In Times Square, a worker was killed after falling 18 feet at a construction site. According to reports, the 59-year-old man was working to remove steel decking when he fell. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he later died.

Many are calling the accident completely preventable. The City's Building Commissioner indicated that the site should have had tie offs that hooked to the worker's safety gear, which would have caught him in the event that he fell. The victim had been injured at the site once before, and the construction company has been fined by OSHA multiple times for various safety violations. Some are indicating that the workers also did not receive proper safety training.

Dangerous conditions at worksites are unacceptable. Therefore, when a worker is injured or killed in a workplace accident, he or she, or their family, should carefully consider the legal options available to them. Depending on the circumstances at hand, compensation may be available.

Source: New York Daily News, "Construction worker, 59, killed in 'completely preventable' plunge at Times Square site," Molly Crane-Newman, April 12, 2017

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