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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Steel Worker in Critical Condition after Fall

A steelworker is in critical condition after falling 25 feet from a building under construction in Manhattan. This occurred during Construction Safety Week, and one day after a ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral to honor those killed in construction accidents in New York this year. So far 13 people have been killed in construction accidents since the beginning of 2008. This is more than died in all of 2007.

It is unclear what caused 28-year-old Christopher Gunn to fall, but it had been drizzling that morning and may have caused the steel to become slippery. Gunn fell to the concrete below and shattered his safety helmet. This accident comes two weeks after a 25-year-old worker installing windows fell 23 stories after a strap apparently failed. A stop-work order has been issued at the site where Gunn was working, and an investigation has begun to find out if there were violations of work rules or building codes. The Department of Buildings has vowed a hard line if violations are discovered.

The recent spate of accidents has caused an "upheaval" at New York's Department of Buildings where buildings commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster resigned last week during city and state hearings on construction safety.

Another serious accident occurred on Monday, April 28, when a construction worker was run over by a front-end loader on Staten Island. The 48-year-old man is also listed in critical condition.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced injury lawyer in your area.

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