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Bronx Crane Accident

Suffering a crane accident injury can be a frightening experience. There are state and federal rules and regulations that were put in place to protect construction workers from work related accidents. Despite these laws, terrible accidents still take place. In fact, one of the worst construction site accidents in New York history involved the collapse of a crane that was being used to construct a high-rise building. Usually a crane injury is very serious and includes injuries such as back injury, spinal injury that leads to quadriplegia or paraplegia, bone fractures, or a head injury. If you were injured in a crane accident it is imperative that you immediately speak with an experienced Bronx crane accident lawyer who will review the details of your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Crane safety

Even though there are New York state and federal laws that require the implementation of safety precautions at constructions sites, each year people are seriously injured in crane accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established stringent regulations that must be followed in order to prevent serious injuries. Sadly, not all businesses follow safety regulations. Common causes of crane accidents include:

  • Electrocution from the crane hitting a power line
  • Rigging failures
  • Mechanical failure due to poor maintenance or manufacture defection
  • Dropped loads
  • Overturning
  • Improper operation due to poor training or supervision
  • Boom collapse

In 2008 there was a tragic crane accident in New York. A tower crane was being used for the construction of a high-rise building. The crane collapsed, killing 7 people and injuring several more people. The accident happened when the crane toppled when a steel collar used to tie the crane to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it. Victims of this accidents filed claims against a number of defendants, including contractors and the manufacturers of the crane. Cabukyuksel v. Ascot Props. LLC (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2011)

Pursuant to OSHA rules, construction site workers and other employees must follow very specific rules and guidelines when using cranes including:

  • The crane must maintain a safe visual clearance, otherwise someone must observe the proper clearance.
  • Never use cage-type boom guards, proximity warning devices, or insulating links in place of grounded and de-energizing lines.
  • It is imperative that electrical and transmission lines be de-energized. Otherwise cranes can only be operated in a safe distance can be maintained.
  • Insulated barriers that are not part of the crane are required to be used to prevent contact with power lines.
Pursuing a claim

There are a variety of serious injuries caused by crane accidents such as broken bones, neck injuries, head injuries and deep cuts and bruises. Such injuries generally require emergency treatment and long recovery periods.

If your crane accident injury was caused because another person was negligent, then under New York law you are allow to file a claim seek compensation and seek compensation through workers' compensation or through a personal injury claim. New York law requires employers to carry workers' compensation insurance and injured workers are entitled to benefits such as medical care and wage replacement. If the accident was not subject for workers' compensation rules, then the injured victim then the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If your loved one died as a result of a crane accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident, it is important that you are represented by someone with experienced. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has experience successfully representing clients injured in construction accidents, as well as vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents and other types of accidents caused by negligence. In addition, we have the resources to handle complex construction accident cases. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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