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Unusual Midtown Construction Accident Hurts Innocent Bystander

Pedestrians in midtown Manhattan face many dangers, but the particular threat that occurred on Tuesday May 27, 2014 was unusual. According to NBC News, a construction company was working to fix a water main on 48th Street and Ninth Avenue when a buzzsaw blade being used by a construction worker became airborne and flew into pedestrian traffic.

The saw blade allegedly travelled about 100 feet before it hit a tree and then a female pedestrian. The woman was hit in the leg and reportedly fell to the ground screaming. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of her injuries. No one else was reported hurt in this atypical construction accident.

This NYC Construction Accident is Unusual But Provides an Important Lesson

It is unreasonable to expect pedestrians to look out for flying construction equipment on New York City streets. Pedestrians have the right to expect that they will be safe from flying saw blades and other hazards.

Accordingly, it is important for a full investigation to be done into this accident to determine what caused it. Was there a problem with the saw? Was a mistake made by a construction worker? Did construction workers have adequate training to prevent this kind of problem? These questions, and others, should be answered to prevent this kind of accident from happening again.

Do you work in the construction industry? What's the strangest construction accident you've ever heard about? Please leave a comment and let us and other construction workers and employers know so that, together, we may can improve safety and prevent New York construction accidents.

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