Large cranes are a common sight on
construction sites in New York, and are used to transport materials in new buildings
or replacing components such as air conditioners, or other improvements
to an existing structure. On January 10, 2013, a crane
collapsed in Queens, leading to serious injuries for seven workers. Subsequently
the license for the crane operator was suspended, as it was found that
the load was more than twice the allowed capacity for the crane. The company
that owns the crane, the New York Crane and Equipment Corp., was also
the crane company in an accident in 2008 in which two men died.
The crane accident in Queens involved a 200-foot crane used in a condo
development along the East River. The crane fell and apparently cut through
the building framework, causing severe damage to the project, as well
as to the seven injured workers, three of which were reported to have
been seriously injured in the accident. The injuries are reported as serious,
including broken bones.
In another unrelated incident, a man was killed in a crane accident when
an industrial cooling component fell when being moved by a crane, crushing
the man's body and fatally wounding him. Crane companies have many
safety requirements, but crane accidents leading to injury or death continue
to be a problem in the state. A mechanical failure or operator negligence
can mean a sudden death, serious or permanent injury.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, such as a crane collapse
or other serious incident, ensure you have your right to compensation
protected by a seasoned New York workers' compensation law firm. Katz
Leidman Grossman Wolfe & Freund is known for their high level of professionalism
and results in this area of the law. Give our firm
a call today to discuss your case!