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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Manhattan Building Collapses, Killing a Construction Worker

At about 10:30 in the morning last Friday, nineteen workers were demolishing a building at 25 West 38th Street in Manhattan. The workers were on the fourth floor of the building, taking the bricks down and stacking them on the floor. The owners, Fortuna Realty Group, had recently fired Metro Industrial Wrecking for the demolition project and hired Northeast Service Interiors, which held the Department of Building permit.

Nearby residents and office workers heard a loud crash, as if lots of scaffolding was collapsing on top of each other as the rear of the building collapsed. One of the workers was killed when a wooden joist crushed his head against a dumpster. Another was trapped for more than three hours inside the collapsed building before he was transported to Bellevue Hospital.

Last Tuesday, we wrote on this blog about the dangers of inconsistent safety standards and the dearth of DOB inspectors to keep workers safe. Organizations like the Law Reform Alliance of New York seek to end protections for construction workers on dangerous projects because they believe that New York doesn't need it. Organizations like the New York State Trial Lawyers Association fight to protect construction workers from dangerous projects and general contractors who seek to cut corners.

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty work to help those who have been hurt on the job, especially construction and demolition workers. Se habla espanol, and have more than two decades' of experience as trial lawyers. Contact us at (212) 425-0230 or at

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