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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 »

Crane Company to Pay Nearly $48 Million After Accident

The owner of a crane that reportedly killed two construction workers must now pay nearly $48 million in damages. Although acquitted of criminal manslaughter charges, the owner and his company were the focus of a civil wrongful death lawsuit after the death of a 27-year-old man who was working below the crane when it collapsed,… Read More »

Construction Managers Facing Homicide Charges After Accident

Earlier this year, a construction worker died in Queens after a wall at a worksite collapsed. Now, two managers of the project have been charged with homicide. The two individuals are accused of alleged criminal negligence based on their refusal to close the worksite, even after being warned of dangerous conditions by an engineer assigned… Read More »

Deadly Construction Accidents on the Rise in New York

In a recent incident, an air conditioning unit dropped 30 stories from a crane onto Madison Ave. in Manhattan, injuring 10 people. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, but according to an article in the New York Times, these types of construction site accidents are on the rise across the city. The statistics are sobering… Read More »

Manhattan Crane Accident Injures 10 People

Construction workers were lifting a piece of mechanical equipment on a crane Sunday, May 31 when the equipment reportedly snapped off and fell 28 stories. According to authorities, 10 people were injured in the accident, including two construction workers and eight passersby who were walking or driving below. Fortunately, all of the victims were only… Read More »

Fall from Scaffolding Kills Construction Worker in the Bronx

A construction employee was working at a Bronx public housing development when he reportedly slipped and fell from scaffolding. The 25-year-old worker hit the pavement after falling 15-feet and suffered severe head trauma, according to police who found him unconscious. He later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. In this particular case, complaints… Read More »

Crane Malfunction Kills Construction Safety Director in New

A crane at a construction site in Midtown Manhattan reportedly killed its safety director after it malfunctioned. The safety director was identified as a 40-year-old man who was inspecting the hydraulics of the equipment when the crane’s boom pinned him against his truck. Firefighters rushed to the construction site on East 44th St. and used… Read More »