Several occupations carry a higher risk of harm and even death. The City of New York has recognized the personal injury risk associated with construction by requiring licenses for builders and having a scaffold law and another law that requires additional protections for these workers. Because of a fatal 2019 accident in Harlem, the City permanently revoked the construction licenses of two builders on that project late last year.
The June 22, 2019 accident involved the death of a 44-year-old construction worker at 880 St. Nicholas Avenue in Sugar Hill. While installing and repairing the building’s brick façade, he fell off a second-story scaffolding installed by two companies.
The companies illegally installed the scaffolding, according to the city’s department of buildings. The DOB claimed that the contractors never obtained permits for installing the permits.
There were several other violations, according to the DOB. It charged that the scaffolding was not equipped with guardrails and planks to support the workers who did not receive scaffold-safety training. Other violations included inadequate supervision and design drawings on-site and scaffold-installation records.
Previously, in Sept. 2019, the DOB suspended the licenses of these two builders who were riggers for the two companies on this construction. The DOB alleged that they negligently installed the scaffolding. It issued 15 aggravated violations with fines of $287,500.
After a process lasting one year, the two riggers had their construction licenses permanently revoked on Nov. 18. One of the rigger’s company was also charged with $50,000 in penalties.
As this case shows, construction injuries can have serious and fatal consequences. An attorney can help victims and their families seek compensation where contractors and other parties are negligent.