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Near Deadly Construction Accident In Lower Manhattan

An investigation by the Buildings Department is already underway. What led up to this accident is telling.

Residents said that there were concerns about the stability of this machine days before the near tragic accident. Reports indicate that some locals even told the construction workers that the machine was "funny looking". The New York Daily News is indicating that the Fire Department received a call about the structural stability of the manlift prior to it crashing. They are also reporting that the manlift was slowly tipping for 2 hours before crashing into the window.

Some may be curious what a manlift is. A manlift is a machine that is often used at construction sites to move workers and materials between floors of a building. Typically a manlift is used on the exterior of a construction project. Some describe a manlift as a moving scaffold that frequently uses a bucket or platform to transport either people or materials. Construction workers, residents and pedestrians are at risk when an accident occurs involving heavy equipment like a manlift. Heavy machinery and mechanized equipment accidents are very common in New York. Manlift accidents can involve operator error, equipment malfunction, construction site falls and falling objects.

What can be done to prevent construction accidents?

Operator error can be minimized with appropriate training coupled with proper planning and preparation. Equipment failure can take place if a manlift is overused or improperly maintained (for additional information on manlifts and other construction accidents involving heavy equipment, please see this).

Construction site falls are the most common cause of serious injury and/or death for New York construction workers. Falls from a manlift can obviously be devastating because of the elevation that a worker is required to labor at. Falls from a manlift can be caused by unprotected ledges, either on the platform or in the bucket. A manlift should be equipped with sturdy guardrails that will prevent a worker from falling if they lose their balance. Far too often workers are placed on an unguarded manlift where one misstep can cost them their life. Lastly, objects that fall from a manlift are also a common cause of serious injury at a construction site. This is not difficult to discern since manlifts are frequently lifting objects like sheet rock, steel beams, pieces of wood and tools. When something like this falls from an elevated height and strikes an unsuspecting victim the damage will be extensive (The following link has quite a bit of information about falling objects at construction sites: Falling Object Injuries).

Block O'Toole & Murphy has a long and proud tradition of representing construction workers and their families at a time when they need it most. Their results have helped struggling families get through difficult times after a serious construction accident. The firm is considered one of the premier law firms that represent the seriously injured. They have recovered nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

If you or someone you care about has been involved in a construction accident and would like an opportunity to learn what your rights are and how the law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy can help you then pick up the phone and call them now at 212.736.5300.

An investigation by the Buildings Department is already underway. What led up to this accident is telling.

Residents said that there were concerns about the stability of this machine days before the near tragic accident. Reports indicate that some locals even told the construction workers that the machine was "funny looking". The New York Daily News is indicating that the Fire Department received a call about the structural stability of the manlift prior to it crashing. They are also reporting that the manlift was slowly tipping for 2 hours before crashing into the window.

Some may be curious what a manlift is. A manlift is a machine that is often used at construction sites to move workers and materials between floors of a building. Typically a manlift is used on the exterior of a construction project. Some describe a manlift as a moving scaffold that frequently uses a bucket or platform to transport either people or materials. Construction workers, residents and pedestrians are at risk when an accident occurs involving heavy equipment like a manlift. Heavy machinery and mechanized equipment accidents are very common in New York. Manlift accidents can involve operator error, equipment malfunction, construction site falls and falling objects.

What can be done to prevent construction accidents?

Operator error can be minimized with appropriate training coupled with proper planning and preparation. Equipment failure can take place if a manlift is overused or improperly maintained (for additional information on manlifts and other construction accidents involving heavy equipment, please see this: New York City Crane Accident Lawyers).

Construction site falls are the most common cause of serious injury and/or death for New York construction workers. Falls from a manlift can obviously be devastating because of the elevation that a worker is required to labor at. Falls from a manlift can be caused by unprotected ledges, either on the platform or in the bucket. A manlift should be equipped with sturdy guardrails that will prevent a worker from falling if they lose their balance. Far too often workers are placed on an unguarded manlift where one misstep can cost them their life. Lastly, objects that fall from a manlift are also a common cause of serious injury at a construction site. This is not difficult to discern since manlifts are frequently lifting objects like sheet rock, steel beams, pieces of wood and tools. When something like this falls from an elevated height and strikes an unsuspecting victim the damage will be extensive (The following link has quite a bit of information about falling objects at construction sites: New York Falling Object Injury Lawyer).

Block O'Toole & Murphy has a long and proud tradition of representing construction workers and their families at a time when they need it most. Their results have helped struggling families get through difficult times after a serious construction accident. The firm is considered one of the premier law firms that represent the seriously injured. They have recovered nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

If you or someone you care about has been involved in a construction accident and would like an opportunity to learn what your rights are and how the law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy can help you then pick up the phone and call them now at 212.736.5300.

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