17-Year-Old Construction Worker Suffers Serious Injuries from Falling at Freeport Home
According to local police, a 17-year-old construction worker, along with another man, were working on the roof of a home on South Bayview Avenue in Freeport when they fell approximately thirty feet when makeshift scaffolding collapsed. The 17-year-old struck his head and is now in critical condition at South Nassau Communities Hospital. The other man who fell was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
One neighbor stated that while both the 17-year-old and the man were hard-working, they took risks in the course of the project they were working on. Freeport officials have cited the construction company for failing to have a permit to use the makeshift scaffolding. While the construction company did have a permit to work on the home itself, by using makeshift scaffolding, the construction site became unsafe for workers. Following the accident, signs were posted around the construction site indicating the premises were unsafe.
When Construction Sites Pose a Risk of Harm to Workers
All workers should have a safe working environment that complies with all laws, rules, and regulations. When construction workers sustain injuries on the job, their employers may be held responsible if unsafe work conditions contributed to the accident that resulted in injuries. The construction company that allowed makeshift scaffolding at the Freeport home may be held responsible for the workers’ injuries. While some construction jobs may have inherent dangers, construction workers still deserve to have an environment that promotes safety to reduce the chances of an accident happening.
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