Construction Accidents at 1 World Trade Center

Nov 01

Hot on the heels of the announcement by mass media published Condé Nash that they would be occupying roughly a third of the new 1 World Trade Center (WTC) was the news that at least 34 workers were seriously injured in the building’s construction that went unreported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many of the cases were allegedly caused by safety violations, a fact that lawyers from the Hach & Rose, LLP in New York are all too familiar with, based on information from their website.

The building, also called the Freedom Tower is one of several buildings to be built on Ground Zero. It was the site of the Twin Towers that was leveled by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and its construction was understandably of intense interest to the community. Despite this scrutiny, however, the Daily News states that most of the construction accidents on the site went unreported. The Port Authority, which controlled the worksite, insisted that safety regulations were strictly enforced and that only two serious incidents occurred during construction, both fatal and reported to the OSHA.

Records show that many more injuries occurred that did not reach the ears of the regulatory body, and in numbers that exceeded the national average for construction accidents for three years running. It was noted that as the construction went higher, more injuries occurred, and as stated on the website of Abel Law Firm, such personal injuries can have long-term and permanent consequences. These include partial and full paralysis, lost limbs, or even death. Some attribute it to the pressure to get the job done as quickly as possible, and shortcuts were made that proved life-changing for some workers, a few of whom will never work again.

Among those who have been permanently injured in a construction accident at the WTC projects include Dennis Charlemagne and Robert Deacy. Both their accidents had not been reported to the OSHA and have cases pending against their employers and the Port Authority for personal injury compensation.

If you have been seriously injured on a WTC project or any other construction site through no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation. Ask an experience construction accident lawyer for their assistance in this matter. Getting the right professional assistant in these matters, can often determine the amount and speed of compensation.

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