Many Floridians know first-hand how dangerous the construction industry can be. In order to construct a building, workers are exposed to a number of dangers, including heights, electricity, power tools and heavy materials. One recent accident in New York left one worker dead and two others injured.
The construction accident occurred on Dec. 2 at a property owned Halmar International, a construction company in the area. The company was pouring fresh concrete when a retaining wall collapsed. A 53-year-old man was killed after he was pinned by the falling wall. A 50-year-old was airlifted to a local hospital to be treated for multiple injuries. He is currently in critical condition. Another victim, a 37-year-old man, was taken via ambulance to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Halmar International has worked on some huge projects in the area. It is currently working on connecting the Delaware and Catskill aqueducts. This $21 million project is for the Department of Environmental Protection.
The accident site is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Investigators are looking to see if any laws were violated in connection with the incident.
Sometimes incidents that happen at work are simply accidents – nothing could have been done to prevent them. However, a falling wall is a serious issue that probably could have been prevented. The results of the OSHA investigation will determine if the employer was at fault.
Although construction accidents cannot be totally avoided, companies must take the time to ensure that safety is always a high priority. If they are held liable, they can be sued for damages. The victims in this case may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as other economic and non-economic damages.
Source: Lohud.com, “Victims identified in construction accident at site owned by Nanuet company” Akiko Matsuda and James O’Rourke, Dec. 03, 2013