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New Jersey man killed in construction-site collapse

According to a recent report, a New Jersey man was killed in a construction accident in Manhattan on Sept. 23 at around 1:30 p.m. The 27-year-old Jersey City man was reportedly crushed to death after an 8,000-pound concrete slab fell on top of him. The FDNY confirmed initial reports stating that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred on W. 37th Street near Eighth Avenue at construction site for an 18-story hotel. Reports say that the victim was in the process of removing dirt from the work site when the slab, which was supporting an adjacent building, fell on top of him. A second worker, who had barely escaped being struck by debris, suffered minor injuries in the incident, and emergency personal responded to the site at 1:33 p.m. Reports say that a cellphone video that was recorded after the collapse showed rescue workers attempting to pull the man out from underneath the debris.

Talking about the incident with media outlets, the commissioner for the New York Department of Buildings suggested that the work being conducted when the accident occurred was typical for such construction projects. He suggested that the slab may have fallen because it was not properly connected to an adjacent piece of concrete, claiming that this may occur when the two pieces are placed at different times.

Fatal constructions accident are relatively common, and in addition to the emotional stress of losing a loved one, the incidents might place an undue financial burden on the victim's family. However, workers' compensation benefits may be able to offset those costs. Families who have suffered a loss due to a workplace accident might be able to take their case to an attorney who is familiar with workers' compensation claims. That attorney could help clients build a case and file the claim.

Source: NJ.com, "Jersey City construction worker, 27, killed in N.Y. work-site accident", September 24, 2014

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