NY Construction Accident: Wall collapse at Queens construction site killed man

01/10/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Queens, NY—A construction accident at a Queens construction site killed one worker and injured three others, when a wall collapsed on Monday morning, January 10, 2011. The fatal construction accident occurred near Grand Ave. in Elmhurst around 9:30 a.m., as reported by the NY Daily News.

Gerardo Escalona, a worker at the construction site, said the workers were standing atop of scaffolding while they were stacking cinder blocks to construct a 20-foot high wall. As the workers were pouring cement to fill the wall, it gave way, collapsing onto the workers.

Responding emergency crews rushed one worker, identified as Huberto Sanchez, 27, of Corona, by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. Sanchez reportedly went into cardiac arrest during the collapse.

Three others were also rushed to Elmhurst where they are in stable condition.

Juan Campusano, 41, the concrete-pump operator at the site said, “Apparently, the wall had a leak in it. The pressure was just building up from that, and the wall just came down.”

Buildings Department officials are conducting an investigation. OSHA is also expected to investigate. The property is managed by Queens & Van Loon Management Corp., based in Flushing, Queens, according to signs posted on the site.

According to the Building Department, 157 accidents were reported last year, which is a 28 percent decreased from the 218 accidents in 2009.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for New York construction accident lawyers.

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