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New York poised to remove contractor's license after death

Many in our area work in the construction industry. Construction jobs are varied, and many pay well and have good benefits, which can help a worker support their family. Most of the time, these jobs are safe and employers understand the importance of worker safety. But, sometimes, contractors take short cuts and do not have their job sites as safe as they can be.

New York City has filed a lawsuit against a contractor in order to remove their building license. The Buildings Department moved to remove the contractor's license after a construction worker was killed by a falling stone at a construction site in Manhattan in April.

The worker was working halfway up on a 14-story building when he was hit in the head by a stone that was knocked loose by the scaffolding. An investigation ensued and the contractor failed to produce inspection records for the scaffolding, the contractor was found to allow his employees to set up the scaffolding which they did in an unsafe way with no training. The employees allegedly used a checklist that they found on the internet to inspect the scaffolding with the contractor never inspecting the scaffolding.

A construction site accident is often very serious. These accidents can cause incredibly serious injuries and even death. If a family finds themselves in this tragic circumstance, they can have many questions wondering what happened and who is at fault. A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help a family during this traumatic time. An attorney can visit the accident scene and conduct an investigation into what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.

When a construction contractor cuts corners, he puts the lives of all of his workers at risk. Safety measures are there to ensure a job site is as safe as possible for everyone. Families who have been affected by a construction accident have the legal right to hold the negligent party responsible for their tremendous loss.

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