A truck with a crane attached fell over on Belt Parkway
Two construction workers were pinned beneath the bucket of a crane after it collapsed at a Brooklyn construction site on May 6, The Wall Street Journal reported. The crane was attached to a truck that had overturned.
The workers both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
Crane accidents in New York are too common
New York crane accidents are a safety issue of great concern. In 2012, there were five serious crane accidents in New York. Two workers died and there were 13 injuries.
Crane accidents occurring in and around New York City have involved falling cranes, tipping cranes, snapped cranes or cranes dropping payloads.
Crane collapses are often due to instability. Contributing issues may be exceeded load capacity, improperly secured loads, or the crane having been positioned where the ground is too soft for the intended weight. Most crane accidents linked to instability, including cranes on trucks that overturn, are attributable to operators who have exceeded the crane’s operational capacity.
Almost all crane accidents are avoidable and can be prevented, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
New York construction attorneys can help with compensation for on-the-job injury or work-related illness
In New York State, construction workers are protected by one or more New York Labor Laws. These laws set strict safety standards and enable construction workers to get compensation in the event of an on-the-job injury or a work-related illness.
New York Labor Laws place the responsibility of maintaining a reasonably safe worksite on site owners, contractors and others.
Workplace injuries in New York are normally subject to workers’ compensation laws. In some cases, however, if a construction worker on a job site is seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of another, the negligent third party may be held liable for the injured worker’s damages.
The law permits injured construction workers who have suffered an accident on the job, or family members of a killed worker, to seek compensation for losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Perecman Firm has successfully represented many individuals in New York workers’ compensation claims and New York construction accident cases. They have won multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for individuals who were hurt, and families of those who have died.