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Latino Construction Workers in NYC Face Disproportionate Risk of Injury and Death

In a 2015 report entitled The Price of Life, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found that Latino and immigrant workers face a disproportionate number of deadly risks in the construction industry. Although they make up only 25 percent of NYC construction workers, Latinos suffered 38 percent of on-the-job fatalities in 2012…. Read More »

Falling Plank from Scaffold Kills NYC Construction Worker

A 32-year-old construction worker died from severe neck and back injuries Thursday, April 21, when a plank fell from a scaffold that a work crew was dismantling. The accident occurred at the site of the Printing House luxury condominium development, at 421 Hudson Street, in Greenwich Village. The worker, Luis Mata, a Mexican-born Port Chester… Read More »

Michael Barasch Comments on Recent Construction Accidents in New York City

Photo Credit: Todd Maisel/New York Daily News Mike Barasch commented on two recent construction accidents in New York City: “These tragedies highlight the importance of construction safety, as these were preventable and avoidable accidents. Construction companies and the landlords that own the buildings under construction must be held accountable for their failure to abide by the… Read More »

Deadly Crane Collapse Causes Chaos in Lower Manhattan

Photo: Marcus Santos/New York Daily News Once again a tragic crane collapse has occurred in NYC, taking the life of a young man on the sidewalk, and injuring dozens of others. Michael Barasch, managing partner of Barasch & McGarry, a NYC personal injury firm that has represented hundreds of people injured at construction sites, stated… Read More »

Construction Worker Critical After Flatiron Fall

34 West 17th Street in the Flatiron District and DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler Mike Barasch, managing partner at the personal injury law firm of Barasch & McGarry said: “Once again, a NYC construction worker has sustained a tragic life-threatening injury as a result of working on an unsafe construction site. It is sad that lawsuits… Read More »

Labor Law §240(1) Allows Injured Construction Worker to Claim $62M Jury Award

In 2014, a Chinese immigrant received the largest personal injury award in the history of Queens, New York, when a jury returned a verdict for $62 million. The worker, who fell 20 feet from a roof where he had been metal siding, sustained numerous severe injuries including traumatic brain injury; multiple spinal fractures; multiple rib… Read More »

3 Buried When Ground Gives Way Outside Brooklyn Rowhouse: FDNY

The workers were digging an extension in the yard of a rowhouse on Wilson Street in Williamsburg that was under renovation at the time of the accident. The owner of the building did not have a permit for construction, NBC 4 New York has learned. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 14, 2015) It took… Read More »

Rally with mock funeral procession calls for better safety at NYC’s construction sites

Mike Barasch applauded the construction union members’ demonstration outside his office, by City Hall. The 18 construction deaths in NYC last year should serve as a cruel reminder how dangerous a job these men and women have. “Construction safety must be a paramount concern whenever buildings are erected. We are all happy to see cranes… Read More »

NY Times Reports Dramatic Increase in Fatal Construction Accidents

New York is a city in constant flux, always re-imagining and reconstituting itself. Construction is a major part of the dynamism that is New York. But the recent spike in construction citywide has some people asking whether it’s possible to manage all the new building projects safely, or whether fatal accidents are simply a cost… Read More »

Construction Worker Falls 25 Feet in Midtown Accident

A construction worker at a Hudson Yards apartment complex project reportedly fell 25 feet on August 3. The worker was on the second floor of the building when witnesses say he plunged through a crevice. He was treated for serious injuries at Bellevue Hospital. Representatives for the Hunter Roberts Construction Group indicated they were cooperating… Read More »