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A Latino Worker, a Risky Construction Site and a Family in Mourning

Maria Guazhco’s husband, Segundo Huerta, died last year in a construction accident in the Bronx.Credit...Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times

This episode represents another example of the tragic consequences that result from a failure of basic safety. For decades the lawyers at Keogh Crispi, P.C., have successfully fought for Justice on behalf construction workers. All are entitled to equal protection under the law when an accident on a construction site occurs. If you have been injured, please call: 212-818-0600. The Law Firm you choose will make all the difference.

By Andrea Salcedo and Derek M. Norman
Feb. 17, 2020

Original Article Publication NY Times 


A week before the accident, Segundo Huerta’s wife said, her husband had complained to her that the boss at the Bronx construction site where he was working was pressuring his laborers, berating them for working too slowly.

Mr. Huerta’s wife, Maria Guazhco, said her husband had told her that after 17 years with the company, he would try to find another job. Nonetheless, she said, he returned to the site the next week.

“And then,” Ms. Guazhco, 39, said, “everything collapsed.”

Mr. Huerta, 46, was killed on Aug. 27 after the third floor of the building where he was working crumbled, burying and trapping his body under hundreds of pounds of rubble.

He was one of 12 people, 10 of them Latino, who died in construction-related accidents last year, according to preliminary data from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, a workers’ safety advocacy group, and the Department of Buildings. The number of construction-related deaths has been consistent for the past four years.

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