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Manhattan Building Collapse Kills One Worker and Injures Two

Posted in Construction Accidents | Work Injuires,Premises Liability on March 23, 2012

A building being demolished in Manhattan collapsed killing one construction worker and injuring two others.

The building is located on 130th Street near Broadway.  It is owned by Columbia University and was being demolished to make way for the school’s expansion.  Construction workers cut a structural beam which caused the building to collapse, trapping the three workers underneath.

It took rescue crews approximately one hour to free the workers from the bricks and concrete.  All three were taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where one was pronounced dead.  The demolition was being done by Breeze Construction of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Breeze Construction was cited two weeks ago for safety violations and work was stopped for two days.  An investigation into the accident is in progress.

If you or a family member has suffered a construction accident injury or wrongful death, below are seven things that you can do to help protect yourself and your legal rights:

  1. Get medical help.
  2. Report the injury to your supervisor and the construction site manager.
  3. Fill out an accident report as soon as possible and document all of the details.
  4. Acquire the names and phone numbers of co-workers or witnesses that were at the scene of the construction site.
  5. Take pictures of your injury, equipment and the work site where the accident occurred.
  6. Safeguard any evidence related to your injury.
  7. Do not give out information or statements to insurance representatives about your construction site accident.
  8. Contact a Manhattan construction accident attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today at 212-564-2800.

Mr. Knispel have over 20 years of experience handling Construction accidents for their clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Jay and his team of professionals will do everything they can to help you get the medical support and maximum compensation that you deserve for your loss. You will NOT pay a penny out of your pocket unless they win your case.