Contractor and subcontractor blamed for fatal building collapse

As any Massachusetts construction worker can tell you, construction work is dangerous. A large number of construction workers and even passersby suffer injuries and death every year due to the dangerous conditions on and around jobsites. When someone is injured on or near a construction site, it is important to seek legal counsel in order to learn how to obtain compensation and seek justice. The same is true for the loved ones of those killed in workplace accidents.

Depending on the circumstances and nature of an accident, it may be important to file legal claims against a variety of parties. For example, several lawsuits have been filed against a contractor, subcontractor and others after a building that was under construction collapsed in June, killing six people and injuring 13 others.

That construction accident took place in Philadelphia as three attached storefronts were being taken down. During construction, a brick wall was left unsupported and it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army store. Shoppers and employees were among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the contractor has been charged with multiple counts of murder and involuntary manslaughter. An equipment operator, a subcontractor on the job, is also facing involuntary manslaughter and criminal conspiracy charges. As mentioned earlier, they are both facing lawsuits filed by victims and their families.

According to the allegations, the contractor cut corners leading to a hazardous construction site and ultimately the collapse. The equipment operator was allegedly operating machinery while under the influence of drugs.

This tragedy is a high-profile reminder of what can happen when contractors and other parties fail to follow safety regulations and prevent known hazards on construction sites here in Boston. When contractors and building owners put profits over safety, construction workers as well as others may pay the price.

Source: Associated Press, “Contractor charged with murder, manslaughter in Philadelphia building collapse that killed 6,” MaryClaire Doyle, Nov. 25, 2013