This past weekend a construction worker, Michael O'Brien, was killed while working on the LIRR Grand Central Terminal access tunnel. A piece of rock or cement fell on him. He was working alongside his father at the time. This unfortunate death is just another reminder of how dangerous it can be to work on construction projects. Despite that fact that Mr. O'Brien was wearing all of his assigned safety equipment, it was not enough. New York's Labor Laws are supposed to protect construction workers from falling objects by requiring owners of construction projects and their General Contractors to protect construction workers on the job. The New York Court of Appeals have stated that owners and GC's must "shield the injured worker from harm directly flowing from the application of the force of gravity to an object or person". Obviously, an object falling on a person is harm from the application of the force of gravity. Quite simply the MTA and their general contractors need to do a better job of keeping workers safe. The violation of the labor law will result in a sizable recovery for the worker's family, but no amount of money can truly compensate them for the loss. If you are or someone you know is injured in a construction accident in New York you should call an lawyer experienced in handling construction accident cases. Zalman Schnurman & Miner PC is a law firm experienced in handling Construction Accident Cases, Wrongful Death cases, and other serious injury cases. Call us at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-5295463) for a free consultation. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. are NY personal injury attorneys handling cases in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. We can often refer you to attorneys in other areas that we have worked with in the past. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.