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Construction workers' accidents: High winds blamed for fatality

The Department of Buildings issued an order to stop work at a New York construction site in Brooklyn. These steps are usually taken after fatal construction workers' accidents. However, it is sad that lives must be lost before affirmative action is taken against negligent construction company owners. A family who lost a loved one on the Thanksgiving eve, supported by the Brooklyn Borough President, asked for a thorough investigation into the tragic death of their loved one.

DOB inspectors who responded to the construction site after receiving reports of a construction site accident reported that a wall panel fell onto a worker after it tipped off a forklift. The general contractor was issued a citation for allowing unsafe circumstances on the construction site, and the DOB noted that further investigations would follow. However, two of the deceased worker's sons worked with him on the site, and they claim there is more to it than a forklift accident.

One son tried to pull his father from under the metal wall to save him from being crushed to death. He claims that their employer ordered them to work in dangerously high winds on the roof of the construction project. He further argues that even the crane operators felt unsafe -- so much so that they refused to use the cranes in the dangerous winds that prevailed that day. The borough president says the issue to investigate is whether the supervisors were warned about the wind hazards on that day and whether they disregarded those warnings.

New York families who have lost loved ones in construction workers' accidents can file workers' compensation survivor's benefits claims. The state-regulated insurance program provides financial assistance with the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. The support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney could be a valuable asset in such challenging times. With legal counsel's help, a wage-replacement package might be obtained to ease the financial burden of day-to-day living expenses. The attorney can also assess whether grounds also exist for a wrongful death claim in civil court.

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