Today we read an item in the Daily News that a construction worker fell from a concession stand in the new Yankee Stadium which is being constructed. He sustained serious head injuries from falling from the third floor.
This unfortunate accident is a reminder that construction sites are dangerous. This is so even for places of carefree amusement and entertainment.
Years ago we handled a construction accident case involving the Warner Brother store at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Our client, a cleaner, was struck on the head by a pulley which became dislodged from the ceiling or wall. He was knocked-out cold, and he sustained injuries which prevented him from returning to work. The Workers’ Compensation Board found that he was permanently, partially disabled and unable to return to work. He was paid a lifetime weekly wage as well as medical.
In our case the client was struck by a pulley which was designed to hold-up a decorative banner depicting one of the Warner Brothers cartoon characters. The store construction was almost completed. Unfortunately, the court dismissed our client’s case due to a decision of the Court of Appeals which came down shortly before we were ready to go to trial. See our prior discussion on Labor Law 240 (1) here.
Yes, sad things can happen in a place of amusement.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, please call me at 800-581-1434 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Seitelman, 8/7/08, www.seitelman.com.