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Collapsed Structures Present Immediate and Ongoing Hazards

A construction accident at a Texas A&M equestrian complex injured four workers recently, reports the Daily News. A 300-foot barn partially collapsed and trapped the workers, who later were taken to a hospital.

A building collapse can cause significant injuries, not only to those involved in the immediate accident but to search and rescue workers, as well. In the Texas A&M barn collapse, the search for the trapped workers had to be temporarily suspended until authorities could be sure the remainder of the barn would not fall.

New York City has had its share of construction collapse accidents. In March, two workers were seriously injured when a Brooklyn home under construction collapsed. According to NBC New York, a truck was unloading cinderblocks onto the top of the three-story home. Inspectors blamed the collapse on overloading the structure with materials.

Beyond the obvious danger of falling and being struck by an object, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration lists the following hazards when a structure collapses:

  • Basement flooding due to water system breaks
  • Pathogen exposure from sewer system breaks
  • Electric shock from exposed wires
  • Exposure to asbestos and other airborne contaminants
  • Exposure to blood borne pathogens
  • Exposure to ammonia, battery acid and other hazardous materials
  • Natural gas leaks, which would create a flammable, toxic environment
  • Oxygen depletion
  • Slip, trip and fall hazards
  • Fire

If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a construction accident or building collapse, contact the New York City personal injury firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other costs. Call us at 212-279-2000 or send us a quick message on our online form.

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