World Trade Center Injuries and the Danger of “Rush Jobs”

One of the world’s most notorious construction sites has been haunted by a series of accidents and injuries related to dangerous working conditions. Rebuilding “Ground Zero” into the new World Trade center has resulted in many serious injuries that often went unreported. According to a Daily News investigation, over 30 serious injuries that occurred on the site were not reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many of the workers suffered from serious and permanent injuries, including spinal cord fractures and broken bones. The report was based on court documents and city records, medical reports, and OSHA reports.


Workers endured a host of injuries, including getting struck in the head, falling from scaffolding, or getting struck by a steel plate. These were a few of the severely injured workers whose cases were never reported to OSHA. Construction zones are widely known have some of the most dangerous working conditions. Contractors, subcontractors, property owners, and other managers involved in construction projects must ensure that equipment is safe and maintained, that sites are secure, and that workers are properly trained. In these accident cases, some of the workers were able to recover, but others are still in rehabilitation or suffering from permanent injuries.

In addition to the many workers who suffered from serious injuries, two workers were killed while working at 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. A 36-year-old worker was crushed when an aerial lift slammed into him. His contractor was fined $10,000 and paid an additional $5,000 to the family. In another case, a 28-year-old carpenter fell over 20 stories to his death. An OSHA investigation found that a floor-hole cover was not secured. The contracting company was also fined, approximately $26,000 and paid a $21,000 settlement.

Contractors on the site were required to take a 10-hour OSHA safety course; however investigators and advocates for the victims say that the site was not properly secured and the potential for injury was high. One of the problems was that the job was supposed to be completed in a rush, resulting in many short cuts which cost workers their lives. Between 2010 and 2012, the injury rate at the World Trade Center buildings exceeded the New York and national rate for trade worker injuries. There were at least 80 incidents of dangerous working conditions since ground broke on the site in 2003. According to reports, at least 42 of the accidents involved workers falling from injurious heights. Other workers have been struck by falling objects, struck by concrete, or crushed by heavy materials.

Workers who suffer from serious constructions site injuries often have a long road to recovery. Our Raleigh work injury lawyers understand the struggles faced by injured workers and their families and will take a strategic approach to help our clients maximize compensation after an injury. In addition to workers’ compensation claims, we can also launch investigations to determine whether other individuals or entities are liable for the injury. The World Trade Center is one example of how rush jobs can result in a lack of oversight and serious injuries to victims.

Contact the North and South Carolina Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.

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