Construction recently commenced on a $50 million mixed-use project in Roslyn, New York. Developed by JK Equities, this mix of apartments and retail space was designed by Mojo Stumer Architects to be a landmark at the southern entry point of the village. With its aesthetic of exposed wood, black brick, and porcelain styled after concrete, the project stands poised to fulfill this purpose.
The size of these projects and the time they typically demand makes it all the more important to consider their impact on the community. How will a 105,000-square-foot building actually help those who live near and around it? Will this project genuinely benefit us? And, most importantly, what dangers does such a large site pose to construction workers?
Even though it has not been completed, the project has already been recognized as a top mixed-use project by Long Island Business News’ 2022 Real Estate, Architecture & Engineering Awards. It has also been added to both the Industrial Development Agency and Brownfield Cleanup programs.
In the future, this infrastructure promises to be a good investment, as it will house 54 rental apartments and 6,000 feet of retail space, which will spur economic growth. Additionally, there are 130 parking spaces with 30 electric vehicle charging stations for all of the tenants and shop-goers; and commuters need only walk a brief distance from the Roslyn Long Island Rail Road Station.
Given the opportunities and economic boons it has created and will likely continue to create, this project is assuredly a welcome asset to the community, but there are concerns to be raised about its potential drawbacks—namely, the dangers of working on a construction site.
Working on a construction site can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. A majority of the most common OSHA violations are attributed to the construction industry. The most frequently violated standard is fall protection, followed by respiratory protection and ladders. The fourth is hazard communication, which focuses less on preventing the hazard itself and instead on whether workers have been informed of the hazards of working on a given job site. These are followed by scaffolding, fall protection training, proper oversight of power sources, eye and face protection, powered industrial trucks, and machinery/machine guarding.
Given the frequency of these violations and the injuries they often lead to, it is important to know what to do if you are injured on one of these job sites.
After a workplace accident, you should seek medical care, especially if the injury is moderate-to-severe. Once the crisis has been resolved, you need to report the injury to your supervisor immediately and in writing if possible. Do not go home until you have reported this injury and get a personal copy of the injury report.
If the recovery process for the injury will last several days or longer, keep a simple diary about the injury and your communications with your workplace. In this diary, be sure to document dates, conversations, and phone calls that take place during this period. This is also when you file a claim with worker’s compensation insurance and contact a construction accident attorney to learn about your next steps.
Developments like this one in Roslyn can be great for the community but also can pose a large risk to those working on the construction site. If you or a loved one were harmed on the job, it is important to understand that you have legal options. Our team at Goldstein & Bashner is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today to get started.