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Construction worker killed after falling through floor

In New Jersey cities and surrounding metropolitan areas, building construction is a constant. Unfortunately, so too are work-related accidents that involve construction workers.

Recently, a 42-year old worker in Queens was killed when he fell through the floor of an apartment building under construction and then struck his head after falling approximately 15 feet. The worker was rushed to the hospital, but medical personnel were unable to save him. Work at the construction had been halted by the Department of Buildings.

Especially in major cities, construction workers play an essential role in making our urban areas a center of commerce. Often construction workers are performing tasks that no one else is willing or able to perform. We owe a duty to keep our construction workers safe by providing safe working conditions, equipment that operates properly and work areas that are safe and that will not lead to workers’ falls.

It’s because of such dangers that we owe every duty to help families out that have lost loved ones due to construction related accidents. For workers that are injured or killed, they or their family members may wish to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to find out what can be done to make up for their injuries.

Injured workers have other concerns besides just recovery. They may be out of work for a long period of time, and may not have enough money to support their families or pay off their medical bills. Families of workers killed may face financial hardship specifically due to their loss.

Source: New Jersey Herald, “Worker dies after fall at Queens construction site,” Jan. 24, 2013

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