Construction Worker Injured on Staten Island
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
Mario Pais was aware of the dangers of construction work on Clove Road in Staten Island. The 48-year-old construction worker was seriously injured when the massive wheel of a front-end loader ran over him and crushed his chest. Just a few weeks prior, one of Pais’ supervisors had been hit by a falling pipe.
According to Ricardo Pais, Mario’s 28-year-old son, he sustained 10 fractured ribs, a bruised lung, lacerated liver and internal bleeding. He was listed as critical but stable condition in Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton. Mario had to be heavily sedated and put on a respirator.
The New York construction accident took place at the intersection of Clove Road and Martha Street at approximately 9:30 PM, just hours after a mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathederal in Manhattan to memorialize 13 construction workers killed on the job this year.
Mario had been part of a crew working for Halcyon Construction, a Westchester-based contractor. They were working on a $27 million project to replace old cast-iron water pipes.
According to police, the construction accident in New York occurred when Mario was guiding the almost 28,000 pound end loader backing the machine out from Martha. He then attempted to grab onto the front-end loader’s passenger side ladder to hitch a ride, but lost his grip and fell underneath the tire. Mario’s wife and son doubt that he would try to leap onto the ladder while it was moving.