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Hudson Yards Scaffolding Collapse Leaves Four Injured

High Profile New Development Witnesses Latest in Series of Serious Injuries and Deaths

Four construction workers were transferred to local hospitals after a scaffolding collapse at the Hudson Yards site in west Manhattan.

According to police, two of the workers fell from the 18th floor and landed on the 17th floor. The cause of the injuries sustained by the other two workers was not immediately reported. One of the workers involved in the incident was seriously injured and police say he is expected to survive. All injured parties were transported by ambulance to Bellevue and Mount Sinai West Hospitals.

The Hudson Yards Safety Record

Set atop rail yards along the Hudson River, the Hudson Yards project will feature a mix of high-end retail, restaurants and office space. The under-construction skyscraper where the incident occurred, at 50 Hudson Yards, will be more than 1,000 feet high when completed and host some high-profile tenants. Facebook has contracted to lease 1.2 million sq. feet of office space within the building, which is expected to be completed by 2022.

The latest accident was one of a series that have occurred within the development since 2015.

In 2015, a construction worker fell more than 40 feet while working on a luxury residential building within the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Zone. The worker fell through a hole while working on the second story of the building. He was seriously injured but survived.

In June 2017, a construction worker named Roger Vail fell from the 16th floor to the 6th floor of the Chelsea building. This was the first fatal accident within the Hudson Yards construction area. In response to the incident, the city temporarily shut down construction for site conditions endangering workers. City officials said Vail was allowed to walk along an area that presented a fall hazard without being given a harness or other safety equipment.

Just three months later, another construction worker was killed after falling while working on 1 Manhattan West, another skyscraper that will be part of the Hudson Yards development. A second worker was injured during this incident, but recovered. Both men were wearing safety harnesses when they fell, but the harnesses were not attached to anything.

Finding the Right NYC Construction Accident Attorney

At Frankel Law, we’ve been fighting for the rights of accident victims for more than 40 years. We have the experience to handle complex and challenging cases. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, we urge you to contact us today. We can be contacted at (212) 888-5100 or at www.frankellawfirm.com – for a free consultation.

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