Accidental Construction Deaths See Highest Numbers In Years
The Construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in New York. Through October of 2018, construction accidents and injuries had already outpaced year-end numbers recorded in 2017 and have increased each year since 2014. As of November 21st, 2018, these accidental fatalities were at 12, which is the same as the three previous years combined. City officials have adopted several measures to protect construction workers and prevent accidents. However, they are still occurring.
The Morning Call reports on the death of a construction worker at a New York construction site.
The accident happened on Saturday when a counterweight for a crane fell onto a worker at a site in lower Manhattan. This happened at about 3:15 a.m. on a building site on Varick and Broome Streets near the Holland Tunnel. Workers had been preparing the crane for the day’s work.
This is the third time in less than a week that a construction accident has claimed the life of a worker. The victim was 34-year-old Gregory Echevarria and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other workers were also injured.
Previous victims of construction accidents included 51-year-old Nelson Salinas, who was killed by falling debris last Monday as he was doing repairs to the façade of an apartment building on Manhattan’s east side.
23-year-old Erik Mendoza was working on the roof of a 13-story building in Brooklyn when he fell to his death last Wednesday.
The Buildings Department is investigating all three deaths.