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Construction accidents: Machine malfunction kills 1, injures 3

New York workers trust that their companies care about their well-being, and that is true in a majority of cases. However, employees can still be hurt while on the job. The construction industry often carries significant risk to workers simply due to the nature of the job. Construction accidents can have severe outcomes, such as the recent case where one worker died and three others were injured due to a window-washing machine malfunction.

The incident happened on a recent weekday afternoon on the East Side of Manhattan. Several workers were attempting to restore the facade of the building. Investigators say that the window-washing machine dropped on top of a construction shed and scaffolding for an unknown reason. That construction shed and scaffolding fell onto the sidewalk below. Some of the building facade also fell in the accident.

It is unclear exactly how one worker died and others were injured. Two of those workers are listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely investigate to determine what happened. If it finds that the construction company violated safety guidelines, the company could be assessed a fine. 

No matter the outcome of OSHA's investigation, the injured workers as well as the family of the worker who died may want to file for workers' compensation. The funds received could help make up for lost income at a time when these individuals may incur significant expenses in hospital bills or funeral costs. Workers involved in construction accidents here in New York may want to work with an attorney who can advise them of their options.

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