New York City and the surrounding cities and towns are constantly abuzz with progress, including the construction and improvement of infrastructure and towering buildings. Behind each new project is a team of dozens of skilled workers, including electricians, carpenters, metal workers, and equipment operators.
The construction industry is booming, but so is the risk that comes along with it. Falls, dangerous equipment, debris, and other dangers are present at each worksite, and occasionally, these risks overpower the measures in place to prevent mishaps.
In the last month, the greater New York City area has seen two deaths related to crane accidents. One involved a 40-year-old man who had been working on a hotel project in Midtown Manhattan. The man, Trevor Loftus, was investigating a possible problem with the knuckle boom he was operating when the boom collapsed on top of him. The boom’s hydraulic system had failed and Mr. Loftus was unable to be revived.
The second incident occurred at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven, Connecticut, when 61-year-old Arthur Hilario, Jr. fell from his crane and suffered a fatal head injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.
You Deserve to Be Safe At Work
While not every crane accident ends in a fatality, crane operators and construction workers who work near cranes are exposed to risk every day—risk that can only be mitigated when every individual involved with the crane’s operation, maintenance, and inspection are trained and prepared to the highest level each day. When one piece of the puzzle required for safe operation is missing, people can be hurt or killed.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a crane accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about damages that you may be able to recover, contact my construction accident injury firm today to schedule a free consultation by phone or by filling out the short online contact form.