Many people view ongoing construction as a sign of progress. Even though the rise of construction projects is often linked to a growing economy, builders must take steps to ensure that construction sites are secured. In a bustling and congested city, like New York, safety is especially important, since people are almost always likely to be nearby.
Not long ago, four people were injured at a construction site by falling debris. Reports indicate that three pedestrians were injured when a plywood construction fence fell on top of them. As a result, they became trapped under the temporary barricade. A firefighter responding to the scene also suffered minor injuries.
At the time of the accident, there were very strong winds. While the weather certainly contributed to the incident, a subsequent investigation determined that the construction company didn’t install the fence properly. They were in violation of pre-approved plans. Public officials used this as an opportunity to warn other property owners and construction managers to secure their property during the heavy winds.
Thankfully, all of the victims of the accident are expected to make a full recovery. In a larger-scale collapse, the falling objects could have caused more extensive injuries. Still, the injuries from this case could prevent the victims from working or make other aspects of everyday life challenging.
The construction company responsible for this site had a duty to make sure the premises were secure. By failing to follow the approved construction plan for the fence, they put people at risk, and unfortunately an accident did happen.
Source: CBS New York, “Construction Shed Collapse Sends Debris Flying In Midtown,” Nov. 1, 2013