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Construction Worker Killed in Accident at Brooklyn Worksite

A construction worker died in an accident at a worksite in downtown Brooklyn Monday, October 10. According to local authorities, the man was working at the site when a piece of machinery snapped and collapsed onto his head.

The accident occurred at 61 Bond Street, between Schermerhorn and State streets. At the time, the worker was using a pile-drilling machine. A shackle attached to the machine reportedly snapped off and hit him in the head, knocking him unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency medical personnel arrived.

A security guard who was also working at the site said the problem was malfunctioning equipment — rather than the misuse of it. The general contractor for the site is Broadway Construction Group, which did not immediately provide comment to the media.

Legal options after construction accidents

When a fatal workplace accident occurs, the victim’s family members may take legal action against the responsible party. If the accident was the result of a lack of proper training or inadequate safety equipment, the general contractor or subcontractor overseeing the site may be liable.

In other situations, a defective piece of machinery or equipment could be the cause of a construction site accident. If this is the case, the equipment manufacturer could be held liable for any injuries or death that occurs due to these defects.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious or fatal injuries in a workplace accident, you may be able to seek compensation. For further guidance, consult a skilled construction accident lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.