Construction Worker Killed in Queens Forklift Accident

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QUEENS, NY – A man was killed in a construction accident in Queens on Wednesday when the forklift he was operating fell on top of him and crushed him, the New York Daily News reports.

The man was working outside a Queens Village mosque at 211th St. near Jamaica Ave. when his forklift flipped, throwing him from the cab enclosure and then falling on top of him.

The 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. His name has not been made public.

The Cost of a Construction Accident

Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. In 2018, 1,008 of the 4,779 private-industry worker fatalities were construction-related, according to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — some 21% of all on-the-job deaths. OSHA also reports that there were approximately 199,100 construction-related injuries that year, 77,500 of which led to missed work.

Common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • Defective equipment
  • Electrical shocks
  • Unsecured scaffolding
  • Falls
  • Forklift accidents
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals/fumes

Employers have a responsibility to provide their employees and contractors with a safe workplace. When they fail in this obligation, they should be held financially responsible for their negligence.

If you were injured or if you lost a loved one on a New York job site, Finz & Finz, P.C., would like to hear from you. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced New York construction accident attorneys.