Avoiding the Possibility of Crane Collapse

In May of 2015, an accident involving a crane occurred somewhere in Midtown Manhattan. The accident was specifically about a crane accidentally dropping the heating and air-conditioning unit which it was supposed to lift to the roof of an office tower. The equipment, which was several tons in weight, fell from about 30 stories down to the ground, scraping the building as it fell and causing glass, metal and concrete to rain down to ground, causing minor injuries to two construction workers and five passersby.

In November of the same year, another accident, this time involving a small crane, known as a knuckle boom, occurred. While lifting materials to the second or third floor of a building using the crane on his truck, Trevor, a construction safety coordinator, went to check a mechanical malfunction with the crane. The crane, however, suddenly caused its boom to collapse; the boom fell on him and pinned him on his truck’s flatbed. Trevor died in the accident.

Cranes are a common presence on construction sites due to the very important part that these play in the construction of various types of structures, including lifting of heavy equipment on top of buildings. Though totally important, their substantial size and complexity render them sources of risks against the safety of all those inside or near a construction site. If a crane is if not properly assembled, operated or maintained, or if the load it carries is not properly secured, then it can possibly cause an accident which can result to serious injuries or death.

Though workers who sustain job-related injuries can apply for financial benefits with their state-run Workers’ Compensation Insurance program, they can otherwise waive their claim on this benefit and pursue legal action against their employer instead. Help from a highly-qualified construction lawyer or personal injury lawyer, who can explain to them the pros and cons of applying for benefits or filing a civil lawsuit and help them evaluate what action would be best for them to take.

According to Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, the devastating amounts of injuries and damage associated with construction site accidents, especially with a crane collapse accident, make it is imperative for individuals adversely affected to seek legal help as soon as possible.


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