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Workplace accidents: Architect falls 47 stories to his death

The wife and three children of an architect from a neighboring state have to cope on their own after his fatal fall from a New York high-rise. This was one of many fatal workplace accidents on construction sites this year. An investigation by the Department of Buildings is underway.

The architect was the owner of an architectural company that focused on glass installations. Reportedly, he was working on the roof of a 47-story building in Midtown Manhattan when the incident occurred. The man was apparently taking measurements close to the edge of the building — a development of luxury condominiums — when he lost his balance. Although there was a security barrier in place, it did not stop his fall.

One of the most important safety rules when working at heights is the proper use of fall protection equipment. As in many other fatal falls, it was reported that this victim was wearing a safety harness that was not hooked to a safe anchor point when he bent down to take the measurements. It is the duty of employers and supervisors on construction sites to monitor and enforce the proper use of safety equipment to avoid such tragedies.

While this family is grieving the tragic loss of a loved one, financial assistance may be available. After fatal workplace accidents, death benefits may be sought through the New York workers’ compensation insurance system. With the victim being the owner of a third party company involved in the project, any claim may be best navigated by an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. With professional guidance of a lawyer, the family may obtain benefits to cover end-of-life expenses along with a financial package to make up for a percentage of lost income.

Source:, “Architect Falls to His Death From Manhattan Skyscraper“, Chika Dunu, Sept. 18, 2016

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