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Family of Worker Killed in Cesspool Collapse Seeks $50 Million

The family of a Long Island man who was killed after being knocked into a cesspool under construction last May is seeking $50 million in damages, alleging employers responsible for the project overlooked critical safety measures. Edward Sinnott, 59, of Huntington, Long Island, was killed when the edge of a cesspool pit he and other workers were excavating collapsed. According to Long Island’s Newsday, Mr. Sinnott fell into the pit and suffocated under mounds of dirt that fell on top of him. Emergency crews worked to free Mr. Sinnott from the pit but couldn’t pull him from the trench in ... Read More

Floor Collapse at UNT Area Apartment Injures Party-goers

Structural engineers are looking at the design and construction of a student housing apartment complex near the University of North Texas (UNT) after the floor of a third-story apartment collapsed under the weight of a party early Sunday morning. Police in Denton, Texas, home of UNT, said the collapse occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday at The Ridges, an off-campus, student-only apartment complex. Authorities said there were at least 30 people in the third-story apartment for a party following a UNT victory at its homecoming game against University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Firefighters called to the scene were prepared for ... Read More

Minnesota Worker buried by trench collapse dies at hospital

One of two Minnesota construction workers who were injured after being buried in a trench collapse Tuesday morning has died from his injuries. According to The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Jimmy Scott, Klous, 48, was inside a trench at a construction site just west of Minneapolis in Minnetonka when the dirt walls gave way around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Klous and another worker, identified as Tory Swan, who was also buried in the trench collapse, were digging a trench for a city project that involved replacing aging storm and sewer infrastructure and other improvements. Both men were working for Dave Perkins ... Read More

Deadly Crane Collapse Prompts NYC To Reassess Construction Safety

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan Sunday to improve the safety of crane operations in the city after a crane collapse in Tribeca Friday morning killed a pedestrian and injured several others. Workers with Bay Crane Services, which operates about a quarter of all the cranes in New York City, were in the process of lowering the boom on the 565-foot long structure into the safety position as a precaution against 20 mph winds when the collapse occurred. David Wichs, a 38-year old Harvard graduate and Wall Street worker, was struck and killed by the falling ... Read More

Penn. Construction Co. Deemed ‘Severe Violator’ After Worker’s Trench Death

U.S. safety regulators placed a Williamsport, Penn., bridge repair and construction company into its Severe Violator Enforcement program and hit it with proposed penalties of $140,000 following the death of a worker who was buried alive when made to work in a deep trench without the proper protections. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Susquehanna Supply Company Inc. of Williamsport, Penn., has an extensive history of safety violations stretching back to the early 1970s. Despite its poor safety record, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracted Susquehanna Supply Co. to rehabilitate a small steel-frame bridge over the ... Read More

Daughter’s death in building collapse prompts Philadelphia official to file lawsuit

Philadelphia’s city Treasurer and her husband have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties implicated in the June 5 building collapse that killed their daughter and five other people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store. According to Law 360, Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband John Bryan filed their complaint Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Philadelphia Court of Common pleas, where STB Investments Corp., the Salvation Army, and others face a number of other wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits in connection with the collapse, which additionally injured 13. Anne Bryan, a 24-year-old painting student at the Pennsylvania Academy ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Trench collapse in Georgia kills two workers, triggers OSHA investigation

COLUMBUS, Ga. –Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials continue to investigate the collapse of a construction trench at an apartment complex that killed two workers last week. James Jackson, 50, and Allen Thomas, 46, died when the walls of a trench they and four other men were working in caved in and buried them under tons of dirt. The men, who were related, worked for Allen Development Group, which is performing excavation work for an expansion project underway at Summit Pointe Apartments in Columbus. The four men who survived the cave-in tried to help the buried men, even using ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More

Owner of Philadelphia building implicated in deadly collapse wants court to toss strict liability claim

The owner of a Philadelphia building that collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store June 6, killing six people and injuring 13 others, faces 11 personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits related to the disaster. However, Richard Basciano and his company STB Investments Corp., which owned the collapsed building, asked a state court judge to throw out a strict liability claim sought by the plaintiff in one of the lawsuits. Plaintiff Shirley Ball, who was shopping in the Salvation Army store when he adjacent four-story building fell on top of it, alleges in her complaint that she received injuries to her ... Read More