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Bricks Fall And Strike Pedestrians On 39th Street

Falling debris is a growing concern amid the construction boon in New York City. The city has already seen an increase in construction accidents this year compared with the same time frame last year. Falling debris can not only harm construction workers, but it can also strike and injure pedestrians. Failure to secure objects, provide a suitable barricade, insufficient signage, and failure to inspect loose objects can often result in a serious injury, and at times, be fatal. Both pedestrians and construction workers may be able to sue the construction company for injuries and damages caused by falling objects.

CBS Local New York reports on two pedestrians who had close calls when bricks fell from a building in Midtown.

Falling chunks of cement led to a portion of 39th Street being closed. Surveillance video caught a woman being wheeled off by paramedics after bricks came falling off of a high rise on 39th Street.

The woman was walking to work on 39th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue at around 9:30 a.m. This is when a cascade of bricks came tumbling down onto her from the 17th floor. She said that she felt something hit her, then pain, then heard people screaming to run. She was left with severe bruising and some lacerations. Another pedestrian, a male, also suffered from a leg injury due to the falling debris.

Officials say that the bricks were knocked loose by a suspended scaffolding, which somehow became loosened with two workers on top of it. The scaffolding has since been secured and the Department of Buildings is investigating the cause.

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