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Follow-Up After Fatal Brooklyn Worksite Accident Reveals Safety Issues

We recently talked about a building collapse that took place earlier this month in Brooklyn, which ended up injuring 4 workers and proving fatal to one. Today, we’d like to share a follow-up on that story and give you an update on the investigation into the causes of the worksite accident.

Steve Schneider, an engineer in charge of safety at the Brighton Beach worksite, recently said that he had not been notified that the work had even started on the building. Investigating the site after the fatal accident, Schneider said he would not have allowed workers to proceed with pouring the concrete if he had been aware of the state of the worksite. Schneider found several issues at the site, including the use of a lighter-gauge steel then needed and improper securing of joists. The Department of Buildings also investigated this scene, and they have reported 9 violations against SP&K Construction, the contractors with the site.

The Brooklyn worker’s compensation lawyers with Markhoff & Mittman, PC are sad to hear that the site apparently had ongoing safety issues, and that the death and injuries that resulted from those techniques could have been avoided. Our hearts go out to all of those who were impacted by this tragic building collapse.

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