Four construction workers were injured in a recent accident in a Madison Avenue work site recently, according to a report by AM New York.
The workers were taking down the chandelier that hung above the first-floor entrance as part of a demolition project at the construction site. They were using a marble banister on the mezzanine level as leverage when the banister gave way, causing the workers to fall about 15 feet. The chandelier fell on top of the four workers, according to the city’s Department of Buildings.
The workers were all taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment following the accident, according to the FDNY. Three of them were released from the hospital shortly after the accident, while the fourth was admitted in stable condition for additional treatment, according to a spokesperson for the development company.
The Buildings Department issued a stop work order and began looking into possible violations that may have caused or contributed to the accident. Ultimately, the department issued three violations including a failure to safeguard the site, a failure to provide sufficient fall protection, and a failure to do adequate housekeeping.
Construction accidents can be complex. When a worker is injured, workers’ compensation may be available, but the process to obtain it can be rife with obstacles. Injuries caused by defective equipment or materials may call for investigation into a third party’s involvement. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, contact the experienced New York attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP for a free and confidential case evaluation.