Six people were hurt after a scaffolding accident in
Lower Manhattan on Sunday, November 19th.
The incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. by the intersection of Broadway and Prince street.
Wooden planks were all over the street, and FDNY firefighters were at the scene. The accident could have been much worse, the busy intersection is right next to a subway stop and the area was packed with people out enjoying the weekend.
Investigators blamed strong winds for the collapse of the structure. A piece of plywood sticking out caught the wind and pulled the whole rig down.
Two people had to be rescued from under the rubble. They and three others were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor, non-life threatening injuries.
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos spoke out against temporary scaffolding, claiming that what is meant to be a temporary fix is often left up indeterminately because it is cheaper. He plans to introduce legislation requiring scaffolding to be removed within seven days if there is no work being done above.
Scaffolding accidents are commonly the result of improper construction or negligent maintenance of scaffolds. Even though there are strict laws and safety regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), sometimes the builder omits parts he finds unnecessary or too expensive. Failing to abide by these regulations can lead to liabilities.
If you or a close one has been hurt by a scaffolding accident, meet with an experienced New York premises and liability lawyer at Robinson & Yablon, P.C.