The family of a construction worker who died in a 50-foot fall at the Chelsea Piers construction site filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AP Construction, American Building Group, Merritt Contractors, Chelsea Piers Connecticut and Stamford Exit 9 LCC.

Javier Salinas died on Oct. 25 after falling off a roof and landing on a concrete slab. According to the lawsuit, Salinas fell after a gust of wind knocked him off balance.

According to the lawsuit, AP Construction was negligent when it directed American Building Group to install a roof that was more than 40 feet off the ground during dangerous weather conditions. The suit also claims that the company failed to provide adequate safety equipment.

“While I’m sure the developer, owner and general contractor will reap the benefits of the project once it’s completed, the construction site at Chelsea Piers was shockingly unsafe and was a fatality waiting to happen,” said Russell Berkowitz, the Connecticut personal injury attorney representing the Salinas family.

Federal officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident. The initial investigation shows that he wasn’t wearing a harness or safety straps at the time of the accident.

Two of Salinas’ brothers witnessed the fall and are suing the defendant companies for emotional stress. Salinas’ wife Rosa Calva is suing for loss of companionship and lost earnings, said Berkowitz.

(Source: Stamford Advocate)

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