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Construction companies handling projects have a duty to make sure that they are using proper safety procedures at each step of the way. When construction companies don't use these procedures, accidents might occur that can lead to people being injured or killed. A recent accident in Queens shows how important safety is in these cases.

The accident occurred when a form being used on the eighth story of a building under construction gave way. Concrete was being poured into the form at the time of the incident.

Six people suffered injuries because of the collapse. The New York Fire Department noted that the injuries weren't life threatening, which is a good thing considering the scope of the accident. The majority of the injuries were to arms and legs.

After the accident, a full stop-work order was issued by the Department of Buildings. The contractor was cited for failing to safeguard the site, which is an aggravated violation.

While nobody died in connection with this incident, the outcome might have been much different. This is why it is so important that everyone who is working on these projects makes sure that everything is up to par.

The company that was working on this project had to stop working on it, people who were injured have to work on healing and everything in the area of the accident has to be inspected. Photos showed that scaffolding was damaged, as was a wooden frame.

People who are injured in these accidents might opt to seek compensation. This can be through a third-party claim if there was a defect in materials or equipment that led to the accident. Workers' compensation claims might come if a third-party claim isn't possible.

Source: NBC New York, "Concrete Slab Collapse in Queens Injures Multiple People," Roseanne Colletti, June 26, 2017

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