Last week, a 30-year-old man died when a crane collapsed at the site of the No. 7 subway line extension in Manhattan. Four others suffered personal injury.
Authorities say the New York City construction accident occurred when the upper section of the crane broke loose. Two pieces of the crane came tumbling to the ground; one was approximately 80 feet long and the other measured 40 feet in length. Although the cause of the accident is still unknown, investigators are speculating that something in the back of the crane may have snapped, causing the entire apparatus to become unstable.
It is also unclear where the accident victims were located at the time of the collapse. Two victims, including the man who died, became trapped in the rubble of the collapse. Others had to be rescued from as far as 60 feet below ground.
The accident is opening up some all-too-familiar wounds for the city’s construction workers. Just four years ago, several construction workers and bystanders were killed in two separate New York City crane accidents.
New York City Construction Accidents
New York workers’ compensation law protects construction workers who are injured or killed in job site accidents. Injured workers can receive medical care and compensation for lost wages. The families of deceased workers are usually eligible for death benefits.
Workers’ compensation is a great tool for injured workers. However, it doesn’t provide full compensation for all of the losses suffered in a fatal or injury-causing construction accident. In many cases, construction accident victims can also bring a third-party negligence lawsuit to recover damages for personal injury or wrongful death.