Construction Worker Killed at East Hampton Oceanfront Site
Eyewitness News and the Fatal Fall
In East Hampton, Long Island, a 55-year old man from Rankonkoma fell from the second floor of the site at 8:43 a.m. this past Tuesday. The site was a Further Lane oceanfront East Hampton site that sold for $147 million.
According to the eyewitness, the 55-year old man lost his balance and fell twelve feet from the second floor onto the concrete first floor. Suffolk Aviation was notified for a medivac; however, weather conditions prohibited their flight.
After being taken to Southampton Hospital, the man was pronounced dead.
Construction Fall Statistics
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training:
- Falls are the number one cause of fatal injuries in construction.
- 6,858 construction workers died as a result of fall injuries between 1992 and 2010, about 360 deaths each year.
- From 2008-2010, 48.7%, about 135 deaths, involved Residential Building Construction.
- Older construction workers had a higher rate of fatal falls than younger workers.
- Between 2008-2010, around 97% of fatal falls in construction were due to falls to a lower level