Stanislaw Supinski Manhattan Construction Accident: Stanislaw Supinski of Queens Killed In Manhattan Wall Collapse At Construction Site Near 60 Norfolk Street And Broome Street In The Lower East Side
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (November 9, 2019) – Construction worker Stanislaw Supinski was killed and another man was seriously injured in a wall collapse accident at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue.
New York police are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. by 60 Norfolk Street And Broome Street. Investigators are saying that Stanislaw Supinski and the other construction worker were near a window when the wall collapsed.
The rubble from the falling wall trapped Stanislaw Supinski and the second worker who were then extricated by firefighters. The first victim was rushed to the Bellevue Hospital with a major leg injury.
Stanislaw Supinski was taken to the New York Presbyterian Downtown. Despite life-saving measures he was later pronounced dead.
Stanislaw Supinski immigrated to New York from Poland and lived with his girlfriend in Queens. The Department of Building sent a team of structural engineers to the scene of the accident to investigate what happened.
Liability In Manhattan Building Collapse Accidents
A partial or full building collapse may seem like a freak occurrence, but they are actually fairly common. According to the Business Standard, “As many as 13,178 people lost their lives due to collapse of various structures between 2010 and 2014, according to data compiled by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).” Victims that survive building collapses are often left with very serious and lasting injuries including:
- Complex bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Retaining walls do not collapse randomly. There are a number of factors that could positively contribute to the likelihood of a wall collapse. These may include but are not limited to:
- Weak or improper foundations
- Counterfeit materials
- Defective materials
- Building code violations
- Architectural design flaws
- Engineering defects
In particular, the majority of wall failures involved unenforced concrete masonry walls. These types of walls are the most likely to not involve a structural engineer when they are built. This may lead to a gradual, forward tilting design. Poor drainage can compound the problem. Over time rain will erode and wear away at the structural integrity of the foundation of the wall before an eventual collapse.
There are a number of sources of liability for an accident involving a wall collapse. According to New York Labor Law Section 240(1), “All contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one and
two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the
work, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting,
cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall furnish or erect,
or cause to be furnished or erected for the performance of such labor,
scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys,
braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed,
placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so
In short, building owners and general contractors are held strictly liable for accidents when workers fall or are hit by falling objects. Construction companies are supposed to take a number of measures in order to protect workers from collapses. Here are just a few measures that can help keep workers safe.
- Walls should be inspected for structural integrity by engineers.
- The soil around walls should be carefully examined
- OSHA’s general guidelines should be followed
- Temporary bracing arrangements should be installed on unstable walls
- A competent person should inspect the temporary bracing arrangements
The family of any victim that died in a wall collapse at a construction site may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with filing a claim. It is therefore important to be proactive. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York Wall Collapse Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Stanislaw Supinski. It is our sincere hope that the second construction worker is able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Department of Buildings as they continue to investigate. This was a tragic accident that should not have taken place. Measures need to be taken to prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a wall collapse accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.