A wall collapse that occurred at a construction site in Brooklyn in the middle of September took the life of one construction worker. Firefighters working at the scene recovered the body hours after being dispatched. The accident occurred on a construction site located in Sunset Park at 714 39th Street. The incident occurred around 1:30 in the afternoon when the brick wall that 47-year-old Luis Almonte was working on collapsed on top of him.
Rescuers who responded to the scene were unable to reach Almonte due to heavy rains and thick mud that plagued the construction site. For hours on the night of the accident, emergency workers put together a plan and mapped out how they would reach the victim once the weather cooperated.
According to officials who responded to the scene, there were six people working in the area of the brick wall when it collapsed. Five of the six workers were able to escape the collapse. Almonte was the only worker who became trapped. The brick wall that collapsed was completely gone by the time first responders arrived on scene to begin rescue efforts.
How Did the NY Collapse Occur?
According to investigators, the construction workers were trying to clear a foundation that was located beneath the 20-foot brick retaining wall when it collapsed. First responders dug for at least two hours trying to get to Almonte, most of them with their bare hands, before the scene became even more unsafe for them to continue. Officials then had dogs brought to the scene to try and pinpoint the location of Almonte but they were unable to do so because of the rain. Listening devices and small cameras were also used to try and find signs of life.
The FDNY was assisted at the scene by structural engineers and inspectors from the Department of Buildings. Rescuers also asked for assistance from Con Edison, which brought a vacuum truck to the scene to vacuum up debris and other items to make it easier for those digging through the rubble of the brick wall collapse.
Who Ran the Site?
The site was being operated by a construction company from Yonkers named Ground to Sky City Builders of Yonkers. The company has not commented on the fatal accident. A records search revealed no violations or complaints made against the contractor. Despite no violations on record, the city is still concerned with the way construction companies are operating their sites and skirting the laws for safety and other issues.
Construction Site Safety
Construction site safety is important for everyone who steps foot on the site, including those who simply visit the site for a couple of minutes. All those present at the site should wear a hard hat at all times and other protective gear. Workers should make sure their work areas are clear of any and all tools, wires, or debris that could wind up causing them to trip and fall. Any issues with the site should be reported to a supervisor immediately so they can be rectified to the point where no employees or visitors suffer an injury in an accident.
Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Accident Case in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party, or their insurance company, to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of construction accidents in New York City, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call (212) 500-1003 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1448, New York, New York 10165, as well as offices in Forest Hills, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Bethel, CT.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.