Numerous Violations Reported in NYC Scaffolding Accident

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.News

Updating a previous blog post, the Department of Buildings said that there were more than three dozen violations at a Manhattan construction site where a worker fell 13 stories to his death last month. scaffolding-accident

The accident occurred on April 2, at around 2:10 p.m., near the Dream Hotel, at 210 W. 55th St., in Midtown. The worker, Lukasz Stolarski, 34, of Brooklyn, landed on top of a sidewalk shed.

He was reportedly standing on a ledge between the roof and penthouse level when he fell, as workers were completing façade restoration work. Investigators said that he was not wearing a harness.

According to WABC-TV, multiple violations were leveled against the construction companies involved in the work, including:

  • Failure to safeguard persons or property
  • Failure to report an accident
  • No record of daily inspection of suspended scaffold
  • Work did not conform to approved plans
  • Failure to provide approved plans
  • Failure to provide guardrails
  • Failure to provide protection

Stolarski reportedly worked for Alpha General Contractor of New York. According to WABC, there were 41 open violations at the location, including six for permits related to illegal signs. A stop work order was issued at the site by the city following the crash.

What Do I Do If My Family Member is Injured or Killed in a Construction Accident?

It is apparent that there were some major issues surrounding safety at this construction site. Scaffolding accidents, which are often the result of poor standards, can result in catastrophic personal injuries and death.

Our firm can help supply you or your family members with information about New York Labor 240, formerly known as the “scaffold law,” if you have been impacted by a construction accident.

Contact us toll free at (800) 711-5258 to schedule a free initial consultation or complete the form on this page to let our skilled attorneys review your case. Visit our Facebook page, our LinkedIn page and our Twitter page for more information about construction accidents.

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KGG’s Corner: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 75 fatal work injury accidents in 2012 in New York.


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