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$1.15 Million Settlement – Warehouse Owner In Fishkill Violates Labor Law 240

Commercial property owners must make sure all workers on their property are protected from falling objects during construction or demolition.   During demolition of a warehouse in Fishkill, in Dutchess County, the warehouse owner did not require the appropriate safety device be used when removing steel beams weighing 600 pounds.  As a result, one of the beams fell off a forklift and struck our client in the knee.   Our 54-year-old client was a laborer and the beam broke his leg.  He required two surgeries.  Partner Elyssa Fried De-Rosa conducted an immediate investigation and was able to secure critical evidence to support the claim.  Senior Trial Partner George Levy aggressively presented the case which was ultimately settled at a mediation for $1,150,000.