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Category: Construction Accidents

Murder Charged in Queens Workers Compensation Death Claim

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Long Island man was charged with criminally negligent homicide last week for the death of a co-worker on a Queens construction site. Both men were employees of an electrical contractor in Forest Hills. According to the article in Newsday, the employee who died was on the forks of a forklift being driven by the employee now being charged with murder. The dead employee was hit by a piece of concrete in the chest. Police sources indicate that the employees may have been engaged in “horseplay”. This was the second Queens workers compensation death claim in the past week. Several […]

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Naughty Worker Has No Scaffold Claim

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

As recently reported in Matthew Lerner’s excellent New York Civil Law blog, the New York Court of Appeals recently decided that a worker who fails to use safety devices provided to him by his employer cannot prevail in a Labor Law ¬ß240(1) claim (otherwise known as the Scaffold Law). Cahill v. Triboroough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The “Scaffold Law” allows the injured worker to sue a general contractor or property owner, in addition to collecting workers compensation from the employer. Jury awards in scaffold cases can be very high. Using the term “recalcitrant worker” to describe the employee in this […]

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