New York City Crane Accident Lawyers

Cranes are used on nearly every New York construction site for lifting materials to the top levels of unfinished buildings, often hundreds of feet in the air. When fully "telescoped," cranes can reach 500 feet in the air, making them significant hazards to both construction workers and pedestrians when safety regulations are disregarded.

The dangers of cranes are well known, which is why there are specific regulations and safety procedures that must be followed when the machinery is operated. Unfortunately, when those in charge of construction sites are negligent in ensuring on-the-job safety, these hazards can become tragic incidents.

If you have been injured in a crane-related accident, you'll need a law firm with a track record of success to help you obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve. The attorneys at Block O'Toole and Murphy are known for their expertise in litigating construction accident cases, and have attained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in New York, including a $12 million settlement in a crane accident lawsuit.

Block O'Toole & Murphy earned 3 of the Top 5 Construction Accident Settlements in New York for 2016 and has a long history of success in personal injury litigation. Contact us online or call 212-736-5300 to receive a FREE legal consultation.

Our attorneys litigate all types of crane accident cases, including those involving:

  • Crawler cranes
  • Tower cranes
  • Mobile cranes
  • Telescopic cranes
  • Articulating cranes
  • Floating cranes
  • Gantry cranes
  • Dockside cranes
  • Truck mounted cranes
  • Aerial cranes
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Bridge cranes

Why Do Crane Accidents Happen?

Crane accident injuries can be caused by several different factors, including falls, dropped loads, high winds, rigging failures, defective cranes, lifting device failures, crane contact with power lines, boom collapse, accidents during assembly and dismantling, and other hazards associated with construction at heights. When cranes collapse or tip over, the crane operator, construction workers at ground level, and pedestrians can all become machinery accident victims.

According to the latest crane injury statistics, electrocution accounted for over 30% of all crane-related deaths from 1994-2006. The altitude of crane work puts construction workers at high risk of making contact with active power lines. While OSHA recommends cranes and other equipment maintain at least a 20 foot distance from active power lines (depending on the voltage), some supervisors and contractors may overlook this in an effort to get a job done faster.

Causes of Crane-Related Deaths '94-'06

Source: The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)

Workers may also be killed as a result of a crane collapse or by being struck by crane loads, crane booms/jobs, and the machine itself. Crane assembly and disassembly are particularly hazardous, as it puts cranes into positions that are inherently less stable, leaving them prone to collapses or overturns. To help prevent this, ground conditions should be firm, dry and level. Due to all of the potential hazards that can occur at this stage, OSHA mandates that a competent person must oversee all phases of crane assembly and disassembly.

It is the duty of supervisors and contractors to ensure that employees are properly trained in the use of the machines and that work on the jobsite is conducted in a safe manner. Additionally, regular maintenance and proper storage of cranes is essential to their functioning properly. This is also the responsibility of those in charge of the construction site. If these duties were neglected, those hurt as a result of a crane accident may be able to recover compensation with the help of an experienced construction injury lawyer.

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What Responsibilities Does My Employer Have?

Cranes are dangerous machines, and a foreman must set aside time to have them inspected at the beginning of every work shift by somebody who is knowledgeable of OSHA standards and who has the authority to immediately halt work and correct any defects they may find. Furthermore, the documents containing the reports of an initial crane inspection should be made available to all future inspectors so that they have a clear idea of potential issues to be aware of.

Employers are also required to provide laborers with all the appropriate safety devices and operational aids required by the OSHA. These include:

  • Crane level indicator
  • Boom stops
  • Jib stops
  • Locks on foot pedal brakes
  • Integral holding device/check valve
  • Rail clamps and rail stops
  • A horn that's immediately available to the operator

Your employer also has an obligation to you as a worker to provide adequate training for your specific job. They are required to provide this training in a language you understand. As a worker, if you don't feel you've been adequately trained, you have a right to speak up about it.

Potential Injuries from Crane Accidents

Due to the heavy loads involved, crane accidents are usually very serious. Injuries that can result from these devastating incidents include but are not limited to:

  • Death
  • Electrocution
  • Crush injuries and organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Blunt trauma injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Neck or back pain
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis (complete or partial)

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident, you will want an attorney with a history of successfully litigating crane accident cases to fight for your legal rights.

Free Consultation with a Crane Injury Attorney

Whether you are in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Long Island or anywhere else in New York State, the Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy is dedicated to helping victims of crane accidents obtain every dollar that they are entitled to under the law. Receive a free evaluation of your case by contacting us online or calling 212-736-5300.