Safety Guidelines Are Questioned When Construction Worker Dies from Scaffolding On A NYU Building

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP

By Lisa S. Cummings

As labor law litigators, we are saddened to see yet another death while doing construction work. In recent news, New York University (NYU) had shut down a construction site because they weren’t sure whether or not contractors were in compliance with safety guidelines. Unfortunately, a fatal plunge accident took place last Friday at NYU. An unidentified man around the age of 40 fell 40 feet from scaffolding at a NYU Languages and Literature Building.

According to the New York Daily News, the victim fell about 11:20 a.m. and landed on the top roof of a two-story NYU Cantor Film Center building. One OSHA worker during the scene said “it appeared the victim slipped while walking up a set of stairs on an area of the scaffolding where he was not required to wear a harness”. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and was pronounced dead. Also, one witnesses name Theresa Pierce said “I saw the whole thing go and I saw the man go”, in an article published in The New York Post. The University has extended their repairs all through December and will cooperate with any government investigation following this tragic incident.

Scaffolding involves large heights for construction workers, especially in such industrial sites across New York. When performing this duty, they should be in compliance with their safety and rights following a serious accident. Our law firm’s scaffolding accident lawyers are committed to helping our clients recover maximum compensation.

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