BROOKLYN, NY – Two people required hospitalization after a construction site collapsed in Brooklyn Thursday night, Pix 11 reports.
FDNY officials say that firefighters arrived at 375 Flushing Avenue in South Williamsburg shortly after 8 p.m. on May 21. Two people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
It is not immediately clear what was being constructed at the site, or what caused the accident. A spokesperson for the FDNY said that the incident was under control by 11 p.m.
The construction industry in New York was largely shut down in early April by order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as a way of slowing the spread of coronavirus. However, by the end of the month, an expansion in the exemptions offered by the state quintupled the number of in-progress construction projects. While this is good news for construction workers in need of a paycheck, it increases their risk of being injured on the job.
Common construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electrical shocks
- Severe gashes caused by sharp tools and falling equipment
- Ladder accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Inadequate ventilation
- OSHA violations
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and future expenses — and if you are a family member of someone who was killed on the job site, you may be entitled to benefits. Contact the experienced New York construction accident lawyers of Finz & Finz, P.C., today for a free, no-obligation consultation.