Crucial in today’s world of construction is moving large and heavy loads, particularly here in New York where construction rarely seems to slow down. Cranes are frequently used to accomplish this task. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of cranes, and for those workers in close proximity to them. While cranes are a key part of construction, they can also be extremely destructive and if not operated or maintained properly, serious injuries or death can result. Given the size and power of various types of cranes, the potential for injury at sites or operations utilizing cranes without proper planning and safety procedures is tremendous. The numbers clearly tell the story.
In the past 12 months alone there have been 5 serious crane accidents in New York leaving 2 dead and 13 injured.
In New York State, construction workers are protected by the Labor law, which sets strict safety standards and enables injured workers to recover from construction site owners and general contractors who have violated the law. Despite these standards which dictate that cranes need be regularly and properly inspected and operators need be suitably qualified and trained, more and more workers are placed at unnecessary risks. The law permits injured workers or family members of a fatally injured worker to receive workers compensation benefits, providing some relief due to their inability to work and paying for medical expenses. In addition, a victim of a crane accident may seek compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a crane accident or any type of accident on a construction site you need skilled legal representation to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact experienced construction accident lawyers Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP at blockotoole.com or at 212.736.5300 so you can be informed of your rights. Our construction accident lawyers have a long and proud tradition of helping construction accident victims and their families inside and outside of the courtroom. We fight to protect the rights of those injured or tragically killed in construction accidents and are committed to helping injured workers and their families during these very difficult times.
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