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Construction company fined $25,000 after scaffold crash

Everyone in New York knows that construction job sites are ripe with the opportunity for an accident to occur. They should also know and be able to trust, however, that construction companies and contractors follow the clearly outlined safety procedures that they are legally required to. Unfortunately this appears to not happen all of the time as accidents continue to happen leaving innocent people injured unnecessarily.

One such incident that happened in Brooklyn recently has resulted in a $25,000 fine and a citation being issued to the construction company involved. The fine was issued by the New York City Department of Buildings. The violation was connected to an incident on a Saturday morning in which some workers on a job site were taking apart a piece of scaffolding. Reports indicate that the structure spanned roughly 20 feet.

As pieces were being removed, the structure itself fell and two passer-by's as well as one of the supervisors on the construction site were hurt. The construction worker's arm was injured but no other details about the injuries have been released. It is not known if a particular safety code was violated or which code that may have been.

New York residents who are hurt by falling objects may find discussing their situation with a lawyer a good way of learning how or when they might be able to seek compensation for their losses and protection for their rights moving forward.

Source: CBS New York, "1 Worker, 2 Pedestrians Hurt When Scaffolding Collapses Near Brooklyn Borough Hall," April 14, 2018

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