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Brooklyn Construction Accident: Company Charged with Construction Worker’s Death

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A construction accident in Brooklyn that turned tragic over a year ago in Sunset Park has been the subject of recent indictments and charges against the construction company that was involved. Construction worker Luis Sanchez Almonte was killed during a wet day when a masonry wall collapsed, burying and trapping him until the following day. The charges related to the Sunset Park construction accident include manslaughter and reckless endangerment, as well as safety-related issues. The construction itself involved removing a one story building and replacing it with a new four story building. It’s alleged that both a nearby resident as well as on-site construction workers warned the company that safety was compromised at the building site, but the work continued, resulting in the unfortunate death.

Construction laborers and workers serve in a field that puts them at risk of peril almost every day.

This isn’t the first time manslaughter charges have been filed for fatalities related to construction projects in NYC.

  • In 2015 a construction worker was buried and killed under a collapsed wall.
  • In 2017 a worker fell twenty nine stories to his death on a construction job.

All three of the above instances brings to the fore construction companies and contractors that skirted the law and put their own workers at risk. We know that most contractors are reliable and safety minded, and would never put their workers at risk. However, whether through negligence or otherwise, accidents do happen.

Construction’s Fatal Four – According to OSHA
In the year 2017:

  • There were 4,674 industry related workers who were killed.
  • Over 20% of those fatalities were in construction.
  • That translates to 1 in 5 construction related deaths, as compared with other industry related work.
  • The ‘Fatal Four’ construction related fatalities include (in descending order):

Falls – 39%
Struck by an object – 8%
Electrocution – 7%
Wedged in-between – 5%
(This list excludes workers who were killed on the highway while doing construction work.)

Construction accidents and injuries are always regrettable, and sadly, all too often tragic. If you have been injured on a construction site, or if a family member has been injured or has died in a construction accident, please call the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates today at 718-407-4123 or contact us online for a free consultation.  Our construction accident lawyers have served injured construction workers and their families for years throughout the communities of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and greater New York and New Jersey.

David J. Hernandez has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, and has also been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

Resources:

https://abc7ny.com/manslaughter-charges-filed-in-deadly-nyc-construction-accident/5711408/

https://thecity.nyc/2019/11/manslaughter-charges-in-sanchez-almonte-construction-death.html

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

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