On February 19, 2016 Hector O. Duarte-Roque, a construction worker for Montauk Beach Dock and Pile Inc., was building a dock at the Lake Club when he was run over by a forklift. Police are still investigating how the accident occurred, and whether the forklift was defective or not. The police captain stated that criminal charges against the forklift operator seem unlikely, as what happened at the scene “appears purely accidental.”
Mr. Duarte-Roque was directing the forklift which was moving dock material at the time of the accident. The operator did not realize the forklift was dangerously close to the victim until he thought he had struck something and felt “something was amiss,” the captain stated. Mr. Duarte-Roque then crawled out from under the forklift. He was airlifted to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching an independent investigation into whether the safety standards at the construction site were adhered to. OSHA investigators were present at the scene shortly after the accident occurred. The investigation will be concluded within six months and, if violations are found, the employer will be held liable for citations and fines.
If you have been involved in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.