More Hispanic Construction Workers Die in New York

Abogado Christopher J. Gorayeb

In 2014, 15 workers died in construction accidents.

New York – Unfortunately, construction accidents continue to cause numerous deaths among Hispanics and immigrants in New York State. One study revealed that Latinos suffer many more accidents than other workers in the same industry. In 2014, up to 15 people lost their lives while working in construction.

The report, facilitated by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH), further shows that in 60% of the slip and fall deaths in construction investigated in 2012, the deceased were Latino and/or immigrant.

In the city, this figure increases to almost 75%. That is, three out of every four people who died in construction accidents were Latinos or immigrants.

Poor safety conditions in construction work endanger the lives of workers. According to the same study, 89% of the sites inspected violate safety standards set by OSHA.

According to this same document, many of the immigrants who are injured in their respective jobs are unaware of the danger they face, do not know the safety parameters, do not receive any training and do not understand English.

Hispanic Victim

Delfino Velazquez, a 46-year-old Latino worker who worked for Formica Consruction, is one of the workers who lost his life in 2014. He suffered a construction accident due to unsafe conditions at his workplace.

His daughter, Monica Velazquez, acknowledges that losing her father has destroyed her life. “I miss my dad every day. My heart is aching because I know his death could have been prevented.”

Dynamic AdsDynamic Ads

For her part, Delfino’s wife, Martha Garcia, demanded justice for herself and her entire family. She also asked that her husband’s death serve as an example for other construction companies that violate the law without caring about the lives of their employees. “We are going through hard times emotionally and also economically,” said the widow of the deceased.

Deceased since January 2015

Since January 2015, seven people have died in construction accidents, according to Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH.

Just last September, Juan Cerezo, 30, died when he fell from the 14th floor of the building on the Upper East Side where he worked.

Measures to prevent further construction accidents

On the other hand, the same study facilitated by NYCOSH (by its acronym in English) highlighted that the best way to prevent more accidents of this type is to increase OSHA’s funds, because until today the organization does not have enough means to inspect all the works being carried out.

OSHA has only 71 inspectors for the entire city, so most sites are not inspected until a worker dies or is injured.

If you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site call Gorayeb & Associates at 646-846-9432 for a free consultation.

Abogado Christopher J. Gorayeb

Information verified by Attorney Christopher J. Gorayeb

Founder of Gorayeb & Associates, P.C.

As one of the most preeminent personal injury lawyers in New York City, Christopher J. Gorayeb brings over 35 years of experience in litigating construction accident cases to the law firm.

Free Consultation

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Recent Posts

More Articles

Trabajador lesionado en la construcción

5 Examples of Negligence on Construction Sites

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics show that construction is one of the most dangerous work sectors due to its high accident rate. Workers ...
Read More
Lesión Espalda Trabajador Construcción

Back and Neck Injuries: Why Construction Workers Are Most Vulnerable

Construction workers belong to one of the most vulnerable groups for back injuries and neck injuries. The list of jobs that put people at risk ...
Read More
Abogado de accidentes con mejores calificaciones

How a Lawyer Can Help You after an Accident on a Construction Site

How a lawyer can help you when you have an accident on a construction site. Annual reports indicate that the most frequent workplace accidents occur ...
Read More

Free Consultation for Construction Accident Cases

Experienced Construction Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been hurt on the job, you need experienced attorneys on your side. The attorneys at Gorayeb & Associates have years of expertise.

Available 24/7

Our team of experienced construction accident attorneys is available 24/7. Call Gorayeb & Associates to speak to a real attorney any time.

5-Star Customer Service

Our attorneys go above and beyond to ensure that you get the results you deserve.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Chris Gorayeb live chat circle avatar
chat en vivo
5 stars
Canevo Fernandez has left a 5-star review
Read review