It is no surprise that construction work can be deadly, given the equipment used on construction sites and the dangerous nature of the sites themselves. Tragically, New York City saw yet another construction worker death earlier this month.
Construction worker fatally struck by excavator arm
A New Jersey construction worker, age 46, lost his life recently in New York City when he suffered fatal injuries after a 2,000-pound portion of an excavator’s arm fell on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The excavator at issue was used in the transportation of pipes across the jobsite. Reportedly, one worker was strapping pipes to the excavator with when the lifting attachment broke. This is the fifth construction worker death in New York City in 2022.
The incident is being investigated.
Construction sites are dangerous workplaces
Unfortunately, incidents like this are all-too-common.
Construction site accidents are often fatal, due to the many hazards of construction work. Construction work often involves heavy machinery with many moving parts. Sometimes construction workers must work at heights or in trenches. Construction workers are at risk of suffering fatal falls, electrocutions, being caught in-between and being struck by objects.
The families of construction workers killed on the job will want to make sure they are fairly compensated for their loss. Depending on the circumstances they may be able to pursue death benefits or possibly a wrongful death lawsuit. Their options are dependent on the specific situation surrounding the death. As no two cases are alike, it is essential to seek the advice needed to make sound decisions.