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Crane Accidents

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Accidents involving cranes (which can weigh as much as 150,000 pounds) at New York City construction sites have become increasingly common in recent years. And in nearly every case, crane accidents occur due to mistakes made by the companies responsible for making sure these machines are safe.

Knowing what to do after an accident involving a crane and other hoisting equipment can be confusing. Many people simply assume that workers' compensation will cover all of their accident-related expenses. But the reality is crane accidents can be far more expensive than many people expect. And what many workers might not realize is they can often take legal action to obtain significantly more money after their accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident in New York, contact Giampa Law. Our experienced attorneys have decades of experience handling construction accident cases in the Bronx and beyond involving cranes and other construction equipment. That's why we have such a strong track record of success. We know what evidence to look for and how to build a successful crane accident case.

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    Why do crane accidents happen?

    New York City crane accidents happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving cranes (including Large Telescopic Boom Cranes and Small Telescopic Boom Cranes) include:

    • Improperly secured cranes - High winds, especially on skyscrapers, and other inclement weather can cause cranes to break loose from a structure and fall hundreds of feet to the ground, causing serious injuries and fatalities to workers and other people below.
    • Inexperienced crane operators - Crane operators need to undergo rigorous training and certification in order to become a New York City Licensed Hoisting Machine Operator, Class C. That's because inexperienced crane operators can cause serious, sometimes fatal accidents.
    • Cranes contacting power lines - When cranes come into contact with high-power lines, the operator of the crane and other nearby workers can suffer serious electrocution injuries, which may even result in death.
    • Overloaded cranes - Crane operators need to make sure they don't attempt to lift too many objects using the crane's boom. Otherwise, the boom, hoist rope or jib strut can break. Other times, the entire crane can buckle and collapse and fall from a building.

    Whatever type of crane accident you're dealing with, contact our law firm immediately. Our attorneys can explain your legal rights and what options you have after your accident.

    Understanding your rights

    Construction workers injured in a crane accident in New York can often obtain damages (financial compensation) after their accident, especially if the accident was caused by someone working for another company at the same construction site. Such accidents are known as third-party construction accidents.

    In particular, a general contractor, premises owner, crane manufacturer or industrial association may be legally liable for your injury. Other times, your third-party crane accident may lead to legal action against the company responsible for safeguarding the crane equipment or preventing injuries overall at the construction site.

    You may be able to obtain compensation based on the following reasons:

    • Contract indemnification - A contract between the owner and the construction company hired to complete the project may specifically designate a company in charge of safety.
    • Design - The design of the crane, its attachments and manuals may be negligent thereby making the company that created the equipment liable.
    • Fabrication - The fabrication of the crane may have been faulty.
    • Improper certifications - Governmental agencies must inspect and ensure that the crane is both structurally sound and mechanically able to perform its duty safely.
    • On Site Safety Plan - A construction project is required to have a detailed Crane Safety Plan which informs the sub-contractors and their workers the proper safety measures required for the operation of the crane specific to each construction project.
    • Transport - Negligent transport of the crane to and from the site location.
    • Use - Negligent use and operation of the crane while performing work on the job site.
    • Training - Negligent training for the corporate site managers, supervisors, safety personnel, riggers and crane operators.

    In many cases, third-party owners of the cranes are responsible for the safe management, quality, and maintenance of the crane. The crane owner should institute a safety plan for the use of their cranes and establish safety criteria as part of a contractor prequalification.

    There are many other reasons why you may be eligible for compensation after your crane accident. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm as soon as possible.

    How we can help you

    Failure to incorporate and follow a safety plan when using a crane at a construction site often results in accidents and injuries involving construction workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident in New York, we want to meet with you and discuss all your options for obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injury.

    Our attorneys thoroughly understand all the rules and regulations governing crane accidents in the Bronx and throughout New York City. That's because we have successfully handled numerous cases involving serious construction accidents in the greater New York City area.

    We know what evidence to look for and how to analyze accident reports, inspection records and other important data. We also frequently consult with accident reconstruction experts, experienced crane operators and anyone else who can offer unique insights into your case. Don't underestimate the complexity of your case. Contact our law firm today.

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    The Bronx, NY 10451
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