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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.  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 »

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 »