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Construction Worker Rescued After Being Pinned Under Heavy Machinery

A construction worker had to be rescued at a Queens site in early April after he found himself pinned under a larger and heavy piece of equipment.

The accident reportedly occurred at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at a construction site on 126th Street, near 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens. The worker’s legs were pinned underneath a hammer that weighs about seven tons. Emergency responders rushed to the site and managed to extricate him, saving his life. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed as being in serious condition.

At this point, it is unclear what caused the hammer to fall on the worker. The company in charge of the site and local agencies were set to launch an investigation. Crews resumed work at the site later that day.

Common types of construction accidents

Accidents involving large and heavy machinery are just one of the most common types of construction accidents. Other dangers for workers include the following:

  • Falling objects: Construction workers often work overhead on scaffolding or raised platforms, bringing their tools with them. If they fail to properly secure their tools or are not careful about how they handle debris, those objects could fall and injure others onsite.
  • Falls from heights: Again, with construction workers often doing their jobs high off the ground, there is always the potential for a fall, especially if the workers or the construction company do not abide by safety protocols.
  • Electrical or utility accidents: Construction site accidents may occur if workers accidentally hit a utility line when digging or if they touch electrical components that should be reserved for trained electricians.

These are just a few examples of common construction accidents in New York. If you have been injured while on the job, meet with a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.