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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 »

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 »