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Six Construction Workers Injured in Long Island City as Concrete Form Bursts

On Monday, June 26, six construction workers were injured when a 20-foot-by-20-foot wooden form failed to hold the concrete they were pouring into it on the eighth floor of a proposed apartment complex in Queens. Five workers were in serious but stable condition after the accident, and one had minor injuries. A witness recalled hearing… Read More »

Michael Barasch Comments on Article “Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers”

Blue collar workers have always faced a higher risk of having a fatal workplace accident than white collar workers. That older workers in this group are even more at risk comes as no surprise. But we should resist the urge to chalk this up to failing eyesight or diminished strength alone. Common workplace accidents like… Read More »

NYC Council Declines to Pass Construction Safety Training Bill

When the NYC Council passed six of 21 proposed construction safety bills, the most controversial measure was shelved: a provision that would require construction workers to undergo an apprenticeship program or otherwise receive safety training. This had been a hotly contested issue with unions advocating apprenticeships and construction companies for the most part opposing them…. Read More »

NYC Council Construction Safety Bill Requires Tracking of Injuries and Deaths

In late April, the New York City Council passed six new construction safety regulations, one of which requires detailed tracking of injuries and deaths, including how long the worker had been on the job and whether the incident occurred at a union or nonunion construction site. Penalties for noncompliance include a $25,000 fine when a… Read More »

New York City Council Packaging Bills to Address Construction Accidents

In response to several years of increasing construction accidents citywide, including 24 accidental deaths over the last two years, the New York City Council is preparing to introduce a package of bills directed toward construction site safety. According to the real estate website The Real Deal, the proposed laws would: Require additional safety training Mandate… Read More »

NYC Department of Buildings Presides Over Fourth Straight Year of Increased Construction Accidents

The New York City Department of Buildings, charged with preventing construction-related injuries and fatalities, is staring at a fourth straight year of increased construction accidents, at a rate which has outpaced the growth of jobs in the industry. According to an article from The Real Deal, the trend was most pronounced in the 12-month period… Read More »

Michael Barasch Comments on Recent Crane Accident in Queens

Michael Barasch, managing partner of the law firm Barasch & McGarry, commented that “its a tragedy when any construction worker gets hurt or dies. We must enforce safety regulations. The only way to do this is by hitting negligent building owners where it hurts them the most…in their pocket books. It’s a sad commentary that… Read More »

Worker Killed in Mechanical Mishap at Brooklyn Construction Site

On October 12, a 43-year-old construction worker was killed due to a mechanical problem at a Brooklyn site. PIX11.com  originally reported that “the worker was hit by a crane hook and fell to his death.” Publishing the same day, the New York Post, citing an open complaint on the New York City Department of Buildings… Read More »

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Court sketch by Alba Acevedo | Brooklyn Daily Eagle Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to… Read More »

Construction Supervisors to Get Separate Trials in Worker’s Death

The New York Post has reported that two construction supervisors on trial for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment for the April 6, 2015 death of a worker, will be tried separately now that Justice Thomas Farber has decided their defenses are “antagonistic and irreconcilable.” The decision came over the objections of prosecutors in… Read More »