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Construction workers' accidents: 1 dead following fall on site

A construction site is a workplace with the potential for many injuries in New York or anywhere around the country. Companies are required to have a number of safety procedures in place to minimize the number of construction workers' accidents. Unfortunately, a young man recently fell on his job at a construction site in another state, and his family is questioning whether adequate safety measures were taken.

A 23-year-old was working at his job on a university campus, installing rebar. According to photos and other evidence of the incident, the man apparently removed his safety harness so that he could change floors. Apparently, the man then fell through an elevator shaft's safety barriers.

The man's father as well as the local union reported that he had stepped on a piece of plywood that gave way. The father believes that more could have been done to protect workers at the site. Specifically, he raised the issue of the number of railings around the elevator shaft.

Investigations show that there have been no previous reported safety violations of significance by the contractor or the subcontractor involved in the incident. The company emphasized its commitment to safety for its employees. It also expressed its sadness over the loss of the young man.

Every New York worker has the right to a safe working environment. However, construction workers' accidents such as this still unfortunately occur. If an employee has been injured or killed on the job, it would be beneficial to contact a workers' compensation attorney for assistance. An experienced attorney will work on behalf of his or her clients and family members to obtain all the benefits to which they are entitled. It may also be prudent to pursue additional litigation if a company has been suspected of acting negligently in its safety practices.

Source: komonews.com, "State investigates construction worker's deadly fall in Seattle", Joel Moreno, Jan. 3, 2018

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