Construction Worker Killed in Brooklyn Wall Collapse
A wall collapse at a construction site in Brooklyn on September 12 claimed the life of a construction worker. The incident occurred at around 1:30 in the afternoon and led to hundreds of firefighters frantically trying to rescue the worker. The wall collapsed on top of a trench that was on the site. The fatal construction accident happened at a site on 39th Street near Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Details of the Deadly Collapse in Brooklyn, NY
According to an eyewitness account by a person who lives in the area, there were multiple workers in the trench at the time of the collapse. The workers were pulling down beams, which led to the wall collapsing on top of them. One of the workers, a 47-year-old man from the Dominican Republic, was unable to escape the trench collapse. Firefighters, police officers, and other emergency personnel dug for more than three hours before the mission turned from rescue to recovery in a torrential downpour.
The details of the fatal construction accident are as follows: The workers were clearing out the foundation around a retaining wall when it collapsed on them in the trench. A total of five workers were in the trench at the time of the collapse, with one construction worker unable to make it out alive. Emergency workers recovered the body of the victim the next day after rescue efforts had to be suspended due to the heavy rain.
According to the New York City Buildings Department, the construction site had all of the required permits. Additionally, there had not been any complaints lodged or violations issued against the site. Despite this, city officials still expressed concern over the construction site and described this incident as a wake-up call for developers and construction companies in New York.
Contact a Brooklyn Construction Accident Attorney Today
If you have lost a loved one due to a trench or wall collapse at a construction site in Brooklyn, New York City, or the Bronx, you can potentially recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Contact the office of Proner & Proner to schedule a free consultation about your case. Our Brooklyn office is located at 300 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201, and we also have offices in New York City, the Bronx, and Queens, NY.
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