Roger Vail Killed in Manhattan, NY, Work Accident
Manhattan, NY -- June 5, 2017, Roger Vail was fatally injured as the result of an accident in which a platform collapsed and he fell.
Investigators from the New York Police Department were called out to investigate the fatal incident, which they say happened at a construction site located at 9th Avenue and West 33rd Street.
At around 6:40 p.m., 62-year-old Vail was working on the 16th floor of the building at the time. As he was walking along a platform, the ground reportedly gave way and collapsed. This caused Vail to fall nearly 10 stories before finally landing on another floor.
Vail sustained fatal injuries in the fall, and emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene. No other injuries occurred.
Investigations into the accident are still underway at this time.
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The article isn't exactly specific, but given the height of the work site, it's entirely possible this "platform" was actually scaffolding. What makes this a crucial detail is that scaffolding at work sites is often constructed by a 3rd party company not associated with the construction company that uses them. If this is the case, then it could be that a company besides Mr. Vail's employer made a critical error in the construction of this scaffolding which led to the catastrophic failure which killed Mr. Vail.
There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident to determine if this is the case. These kinds of accidents don't just happen for no reason. It needs to be determine what actions could have been taken to avoid this tragedy, why those steps were failed, and who exactly is responsible. Those close to the victim have experienced an immeasurable loss, and if someone was responsible for that loss, they need to be held accountable for allowing this to occur.
--Grossman Law Offices