Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Workers face many risks every day, including when handling heavy materials or power tools, or when working at great heights or on complicated structures like scaffolds. Unfortunately, incidents involving these kinds of work-related hazards happen all the time.
Being in a construction accident can be extremely painful, stressful...Read More
A freight elevator carrying construction workers malfunctioned and plummeted five stories before crashing into the sub-basement of a building under renovation in New York City.
The impact caused severe back and neck injuries to our client – a 43-year-old union electrician.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. obtained summary judgment on liability under Labor Law §§ 240(1) and...Read More
A 26-year-old laborer fell approximately 15 feet while dismantling a scaffold. The plank of the scaffold extended approximately 1 foot beyond the scaffold’s frame. The Plaintiff stepped on the edge of the plank and the plank toppled over with the plaintiff. Plaintiff injured his shoulder requiring shoulder surgery and suffered a fracture of the L2 vertebrae. He missed approximately 16...Read More
A 42-year-old construction worker was walking along a 2-foot wide foundation wall carrying materials to the back of a construction site when he lost his balance and fell through an unguarded opening. He fell approximately 15 feet striking his head. The worker was not provided personal fall protection equipment. Defendants argued that the worker could have used a ladder to access the...Read More
Sullivan Papin Block Mcgrath and Cannavo P.C. acquired a $1,875,000 settlement during the damages trial for a 41-year old member of the Bricklayers Union who was injured while re-pointing the façade of a luxury high-rise building in New York City. The worker was not provided with a scaffold that could be lowered to ground level nor a safety line or anchor point to tie on to as he was...Read More
Construction safety is a high priority for Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC), as we have had years of success recovering millions of dollars for workers injured or killed on-site. Thankfully, this has also been a hot topic among New York’s public officials and lawmakers, who have enacted a new law to help mitigate the risks of such tragedies.
In October 2017, New York...Read More
Construction workers encounter safety risks in all phases of their jobs, whether their feet are on the ground or behind the wheel. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) has represented workers who have been injured or killed while driving to, from and for work.
The statistics for transportation-related occupational injuries and fatalities are staggering. According to...Read More
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC (SPBMC) has successfully represented demolitionists and other construction professionals who have been injured or killed while on-the-job. Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction, from falling objects and toxic exposure to electrocution and musculoskeletal injuries. However, structures slated for demolition are...Read More
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC (SPBMC) has successfully represented masons and professionals who have been injured or killed while working with brick, concrete and stone on commercial and residential construction sites. This work is physically demanding because masons lift heavy materials and often must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods. Poor weather conditions may...Read More
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) has successfully represented construction professionals who have been injured or killed while working on communication towers. As our culture increasingly relies on improving and mobile technology, more communication towers have subsequently been built and need regular repairs and maintenance.
Employees climb communication towers that...Read More