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Construction worker trapped under Bobcat machine in Queens

A construction worker suffered critical injuries when a Bobcat machine fell, crushing the man beneath it on Friday, Sept. 22 in Queens. The incident happened just before 1:45 p.m., at the intersection of 46th Street and Northern Boulevard. Signs at the Sunnyside construction site show that a ventilation facility for the New York City subway system is being erected at the location where the incident occurred.

When the fire department of New York eventually arrived at the scene, it took them over a half an hour to free the man using what's known as a high-angle rescue. Once freed, he was taken by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital with undisclosed critical injuries.

This incident is just one among many construction site injuries in New York City in the past few months. In just the two days prior to this incident, three other construction workers were either killed or seriously injured.

In one of those incidents, a 36-year-old man who had been working at a Financial District job site fell and died. At another site in Midtown, one worker died and another was injured when both fell from a bucket lift suspended 36 feet in the air.

In each of these incidents, city officials cited the construction companies for safety violations. The builders were ordered to suspend all work until a more thorough investigation could be completed.

This latest Queens incident marks the 40th construction worker death on a city-operated construction site since 2015. City lawmakers, alarmed by the uptick in deaths in recent years, have ordered the creation of a fraud task force. They'll be looking to determine if builders are posting falsified credentials at work sites. If they are, then they'll face hefty fines and open themselves up to being held criminally liable as well.

In another attempt to achieve a reduction in worker deaths, the city council has also proposed requiring that all construction workers complete at least 40 hours of safety training. If this bill is successfully passed, it would well exceed the 10 hours that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) currently requires.

If you're been injured on the job, then a Queens workers' compensation attorney may be able to help you recover medical costs and lost wages in your case.

Source: NBC 4 New York, "FDNY rescues trapped construction worker from Queens site," Andrew Siff, accessed Oct. 19, 2017

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