A 26-year-old construction worker from Rossville reportedly died in a Queens construction accident last month. According tosilive.com, the man fell approximately 5 stories down an elevator shaft at the site of the PS 313 school construction site in Queens. Another construction worker was allegedly hurt by debris in the accident and taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition. The accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
What Caused This Fatal Construction Accident?
In the days immediately following the accident, it was unclear what caused this construction worker's death. The New York City Department of Buildings and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were investigating the accident.
A fatal fall down an elevator shaft is a risk on construction sites if:
- Elevator doors are not installed.
- Elevator doors are left open during construction.
- The entrance to the elevator is not blocked off.
- Construction workers are not wearing appropriate safety gear, such as a harness.
Whether it was one of these reasons or another, what took the life of a construction worker in Sunnyside, Queens is not currently known. What is known, however, is that a family is left grieving for a young man whose life was tragically cut short in a New York City construction accident.
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Our lawyers not only help protect construction accident victims or their surviving relatives, but we also hope to prevent future accidents from occurring. To that end, we encourage you to read our free library articles and blog posts for more information about what you can do to prevent a serious or fatal accident on your construction site, and to share this blog post with others to help raise awareness about the dangers of construction elevator accidents.