Construction Workers Injured In Brooklyn Scaffold Collapse Accident on Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (November 22, 2019) – Two construction workers were injured in a Brooklyn scaffold collapse accident on Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie.
New York police officials are saying that one of the cables on the scaffold collapsed leaving the men dangling in mid air. Co-workers were able to pull both of the men to safety.
They both received treatment for their injuries and are expected to recover. An investigation into the Brooklyn scaffold collapse remains ongoing.
Liability In New York Scaffold Accidents
According to EHS Today, “falls account for 76 percent of fatalities in the roofing industry, and workers in the roofing industry are three times more likely to experience fatal work-related injuries than other construction workers.” There are a number of OSHA regulations to help reduce the likelihood of scaffold accidents:
- “Scaffolds and scaffold compponents must support at least 4 times the maximum intended load.”
- “Suspension scaffold rigging must [support] at least 6 times the intended load.” 1926.451(a)(1) and (3)
- Workers must be given fall-arrest systems to protect them in the event of a fall
- A competent person must periodically inspect scaffolds in order to make sure that they are properly constructed.
New York Labor Law 240(1), commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” places strict liability on general contractors to protect their workers from scaffold accidents. This includes workers who fall from scaffolds or who are hit by falling objects. Any person that is injured in a scaffold accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Getting Help After A Brooklyn Scaffold Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to the workers injured in this construction accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that safety measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a construction accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that construction workers get the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.