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Wall Collapse at Construction Site Kills One and Injures Two Others

Construction workers are constantly at risk to serious injuries because of their jobs. Recently, one construction worker lost his life and two others were seriously injured when a wall collapsed at a New York construction site. The retaining wall fell on December 2, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. on Homestead Avenue in Maybrook. The reports show that the retaining well fall when concrete was being poured at the construction site.

One worker was immediately flown to the Westchester Medical Center after the accident, and a second worker was transported to the Orange Regional Medical Center for treatment. The emergency rescue crews worked for hours following the accident to lift the collapsed wall off of the body of a third worker. When he was finally extrapolated from the rubble, the man was declared dead. Investigations into the accident are currently underway. Normally, the OSHA will come to the site of these incidents to determine who is liable for the accident. In many cases, OSHA will target a construction worker or supervisor for negligence in putting up the retaining wall well or maintaining the retaining wall.

Once OSHA has completed their initial investigation, it will help the injured construction workers or the family of the deceased construction worker to have evidence if they choose to file a lawsuit. The surviving workers have the right to file for worker’s compensation after the accident, and can also seek compensation from the liable party to cover all medical damages as well as punitive damages and time off work. If you want more information about wall collapse injuries or other construction accidents, a New York personal injury lawyer at Greenberg & Stein can certainly help you with your case. The attorneys at this firm have more than 50 years of combined experience. Don’t hesitate to contact the firm today to learn more!