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Construction workers' accidents: Man killed by falling steel beam

Buildings all across New York are frequently in need of repairs and renovations. Construction companies are called to provide personnel to handle these renovations. This type of work is often done in hazardous environments, and construction workers' accidents are not uncommon. Recently, a worker at a construction site died after he was struck by a steel beam.

According to reports, a 28-year-old man from Staten Island was at work, renovating an apartment building. Six employees from a construction and renovation company were working on the exterior of a building near Columbia University. Though students from Columbia live in the 13-story apartment building, school officials reported that it was not owned by the university. A spokesperson from Columbia indicated that the man was not an employee of the university.

Evidently, two of the man's co-workers were breaking down some scaffolding at the Morningside Heights apartment building. A steel beam fell from this scaffolding and struck the man. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Officials reported that the Department of Investigations planned to determine whether or not negligence was a contributing factor in the incident.

When construction workers' accidents result in fatalities, the issue of safe working environments comes to the forefront of discussions. Did the company in question do everything possible to provide adequate safety equipment, gear and training? Were safety procedures up-to-date and properly communicated? Surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent company. A New York personal injury attorney can work with clients to seek monetary compensation from a successful claim.

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