Partially-Blinded Construction Worker Receives $1.5m Settlement

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.Staten Island Real-Time News reports that a construction worker who was partially blinded in one eye by a support jack at a Manhattan construction site in 2014 has settled his lawsuit for $1.5 million.

According to his attorney, 44-year-old James Morrow was working for Advanced Carpentry Construction on the job at 321 West 35th St. on Aug 29, 2014. Advanced Carpentry was a subcontractor of JVC, which built the foundation and was laying the first-floor deck when the incident occurred at about 10:15 a.m.

Morrow, a foreman, was working on the ground level checking jacks, which were used to support the first-floor deck when concrete was poured. He turned his head at one point, and his right eye hit a clamp wedge spike that was part of the support jack, which should have had a hard plastic mushroom cap on it to prevent injuries, according to his attorney.

Morrow was rushed to the hospital where he underwent eye surgery. He subsequently underwent two additional surgeries. Due to the incident, according to court documents, Morrow suffered a permanent partial loss of vision in his right eye.

He alleged the defendants failed to provide him a safe place to work and allowed a “dangerous and defective condition” to exist.