Fatal Scaffold Construction Fall In Brooklyn Increases Demands for Site Safety

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 10, 2022 Construction Accidents

On November 2nd, 2022, Raúl Tenelema Puli, a construction worker from Queens, fell to his death while building a protective sidewalk shed. According to digital news platform, The City, Puli was installing an I-beam before slipping and falling 20 feet. Unfortunately, the beam fell on top of him. He was rushed to the hospital, where he tragically died of severe injuries. Sadly, Puli is not the first to lose his life to hazardous conditions on the Fulton Street construction site in Brooklyn. 

Safety should be of the utmost importance on construction sites, and inadequate safety measures can cause life-altering or even fatal injuries. If you have suffered an injury on a New York construction site, you deserve the maximum compensation for your accident-related losses. The skilled attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, have more than 65 years of combined experience representing construction accident victims and pursuing justice for their losses. We are committed to using our knowledge and experience to fight aggressively for your rights and interests. 

Hazardous Safety Conditions on New York Construction Sites

The Fulton Street construction site where Puli was killed has been cited several times for hazardous safety conditions. Some safety concerns included in the citations include failing to provide a safety site manager and inadequate safety equipment. While the general contractor and subcontractor paid fines for the violations, several workers have lost their lives on the site, with Puli being the seventh construction worker fatality in Brooklyn in 2022 alone. 

Unfortunately, the Fulton Street site is not an outlier. New York construction sites are home to many hazards that can cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries for accident victims. A few of the most common causes of deadly construction site accidents include the following:

  • Falls from a height, including from scaffolds and ladders
  • Being caught and crushed between two heavy objects
  • Electrocution
  • Failure to provide safety equipment
  • Falling objects
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Inadequate training
  • Vehicle accidents

Survivors of construction site accidents typically suffer severe physical, emotional, and financial consequences. If you have been injured on a New York construction site, do not hesitate to contact a top-notch construction accident attorney. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys are committed to representing construction accident victims and achieving highly favorable settlements for their cases.

What Are My Legal Options if I am Injured on a Construction Site in New York?

If you were injured on a New York construction site, you may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier. In New York, every employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance, to ensure their employees are compensated for injuries sustained on the job. While workers’ compensation provides benefits for certain medical expenses and lost wages, other losses, such as pain and suffering, fall outside the realm of workers’ compensation coverage. 

Separate and apart from your workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the construction site owner and construction manager/general contractor to pursue compensation for the full extent of your losses. Your attorney can review your case to determine your legal options and the best path forward to achieve justice for your injuries. 

Speak to a First-Class Construction Accident Attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our award-winning attorneys have more than six decades of combined experience representing construction accident victims in New York and achieving highly favorable settlements for their cases. We understand the unique challenges and complexities of New York’s workers’ compensation and personal injury laws and are ready to apply our knowledge and skills to your case. 

When you work with one of our highly-qualified attorneys, you can trust they will do everything in their power to fight for you, including going to trial when necessary. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call us today at (914) 288-9191 or complete our contact form.