Officers with the Nassau County Police Department were dispatched to aid an injured construction worker at a worksite near the intersection of Locust and Corncrib lanes in Roslyn Heights just after 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 13. When they arrived on the scene, they found a 39-year-old construction worker in a 10-feet-deep manhole.
In speaking with witnesses to the incident, they learned that a large steel plate had struck him, causing him to fall into the hole. They also learned that the metal had apparently amputated both of his legs around his calves when it made contact with his body.
The officers worked feverishly to get to the man before he lost too much blood. When they reached him, they wrapped tourniquets around what remained of his legs and lifted him out of the hole. He was transported to an area hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.
Police and New York Occupational Health and Safety Administration investigators remained at the scene trying to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the incident and where the metal plate came from. They haven’t released their findings to the public yet.
Far too many work-related accidents that occur in Long Island leave employees with extremely devastating spinal or brain injuries, amputations and burns. While many of these incidents occur because employers fail to take the necessary safety precautions to keep their workers safe, many others happen because equipment is poorly maintained or is defective.
A personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to file suit against an equipment manufacturer if its malfunctioning equipment caused you to suffer injuries.