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Construction Site Accident Results in Worker's Injury
Date:12/26/2008

New York Trial Lawyer, David Perecman, Says State's Labor Laws Must Protect Worker's Health and Safety in the Workplace

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 26, 2008 -- Jaos Pires, a New York City construction site worker, suffered critical injuries in an accident last week and narrowly escaped death when a 100-year-old retaining wall underneath 11 Times Square collapsed and buried him to the waist in concrete, crushing his legs.



When asked what happened by a local newspaper reporter at the scene of the accident, one of Pires' fellow workers said, "It all happened so quickly, there was no time for him to get out of the excavation pit." The worker asked that his name not be used in the story. Another worker told the reporter, "It was like an avalanche. The wall just came crashing down on us." He spoke to the reporter on condition of anonymity. "There was really no time to react," said worker number three, who also insisted on remaining nameless.

"It's no wonder these three workers didn't want to go public with their comments," said David Perecman, a busy New York construction accident lawyer and a chair of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Labor Law Committee.

"Can you imagine what might happen to these men if the boss found out they spoke to a reporter? First amendment rights, or no first amendment rights, in real life if a worker dares to say anything to the media that his or her employer doesn't like, it could be bye-bye job."

Pires' employer, Roadway Contracting, a Brooklyn-based co
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