With their massive booms and immense weight loads, cranes are instruments of incredible feats of construction and engineering. However, when a crane accident occurs, these impressive machines can cause equally incredible destruction. In a fleeting moment, a crane malfunction or collapse can leave behind a staggering number of deaths and injuries. Crane accidents pose a deadly risk to construction workers, firefighters, and the public at large.
Over the past decade, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) stepped up its regulation of crane projects. However, implementing the most up-to-date safety recommendations can be a slow-moving process. For example, a 2014 audit revealed that years into the DOB’s most recent regulatory push for crane safety, only 12% of safety measures were fully implemented. Moreover, maintaining existing standards is not foolproof, either.
Crane accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Common causes of crane accidents include the following:
Safety regulations are in place to prevent crane accidents. For example, the DOB mandates detailed and frequent inspections for all hoisting devices, including cranes, pile drivers, and derricks. The DOB’s rules for crane inspection and use include the following:
Beyond just inspection requirements, there is a multitude of additional safety requirements in place for cranes and derricks. For example, hoisting personnel with these machines is prohibited. Accidents are preventable if these rules are followed. Failure to comply with safety rules which causes serious injury or death may provide a basis for a legal claim.
Our lawyers are dedicated to representing workers who have been injured and will work to maximize the benefits and compensation they deserve. We stand ready to represent your interests if you have been injured as the result of a crane accident.
Construction accidents can be highly complex. It is in your best interest to work with an experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyer who has a successful track record handling cases like yours. At Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., we have extensive experience handling construction site accident claims. We know how to approach liability investigations and have a vast range of resources at our disposal.
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