COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

Crane crashes down onto Tappan Zee Bridge with only minor injuries to several

Only three people suffered minor injuries in a crane collapse on Tuesday involving the Tappan Zee Bridge. A 256-foot tall crane was reportedly using a vibratory pile-driving hammer to set up piles for the new bridge when the crane crashed down onto the existing bridge, which has been around for 62 years. The project has been going on for three years at this point, and is expected to be finish by 2018.

In addition to the three individuals who were injured in the accident, one construction worker also suffered injuries, though minor ones. Obviously, the crash could have been a lot worse than it was. According to reports, wind was not to blame for the crash. It remains to be seen whether the crash was caused by the crane, the hammer or by the crane operator. 

The incident is not the first accident that has occurred in connection with the project. Back in March, three construction crew members died when their tugboat hit a construction barge near the site of the bridge. With a project that big, there is a lot of risk of harm. Workers who suffer harm as a result of such accident, of course, need to understand their rights for compensation.

Ordinarily, workers’ compensation benefits will be available to workers who are harmed in construction projects. In some cases, it may be possible to sue the employer in court for violating legal duties associated with worksite safety. There is also the possibility that injured workers could recover compensation from third parties responsible for accidents on site. Whatever the circumstances if any case, having a strong advocate can help ensure that injured workers, or their surviving family members, are well represented in seeking the compensation they are due

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300

What can we help you find?