Operators of soaring cranes may be able to get their license without any prior experience working in New York City. Given the number of crane accidents in New York and the complexity of working in the city, New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm are concerned. According to the New York Daily News (3/18/2012), the Bloomberg administration is considering a proposed new rule that eliminates the requirement that all big crane operators must run cranes as apprentices in the city for three years before getting their license.
Unsurprising to New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, the new Buildings Department proposal sparked a debate over safety between the crane workers union and large developers. As reported by the New York Daily News, Operating Engineers Local 14 “warns” that changing the practical experience requirement could endanger people. Big developers say the change is positive, making hiring less costly. The proposed new rules require two years of prior apprenticeship experience gained in any “urban area of comparable density,” said the NYDN.
“Few cities in the world share New York City’s unique vertical density in both the number and average height of buildings. And does any city truly compare to New York City? No city should adopt new rules which may compromise safety for money, especially one with as many people in it as New York” construction accident lawyer Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law, said.
According to the New York Department of Labor, the rule requiring experience was implemented to protect people from the hazards of New York crane “accidents that can occur when an unskilled person operates a crane.” If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or crane accident, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm.