New York Crane Accident
A crane is a massive piece of heavy construction equipment that can measure more than 100 feet tall and weight over 4000 tons. Cranes are generally equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves that can be used both to lift and lower heavy materials and to move them horizontally. A construction accident that involves a crane is one of the more serious types of construction accidents. When work is done at an elevation, underground or with heavy machinery such as a crane there is a substantial risk of injury. Injuries commonly experienced as a result of a crane accident can include broke bones, amputation, head injuries, and back injuries. If you have experienced a crane injury, speak with a New York crane accident lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We can help you receive just compensation for your injuries including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.Crane Safety
Even though there are state and federal laws as well as industry regulations that require the implementation of safety standards, each year people are hurt in crane accidents. OSHA has established strict regulations that must be complied with to prevent serious injury. 40% of all crane accidents occur when a crane hits power lines. This type of accident causes electrocution and fatalities. Other causes of crane accidents include:
- Rigging failures
- Mechanical malfunction
- Falling debris/dropped objects
- Improper loading
- Poor ground conditions
- Operator error
- Boom collapse
As an experienced New York crane accident lawyer will explain, generally, crane accidents occur as a result of lack of communication, lack of proper training, an unstable crane, or lack of safety precautions. Inadequate safety harnesses and improperly reinforced walls with underground projects can cause a crane injury as well. The federal government reports that in 2017, there were 33 crane-related fatalities in 2017. From 1992 to 2010, crane-related fatalities averaged 78 deaths a year. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 26, 2019)
Pursuant to OSHA regulations, employees have specific rules and guidelines that must be followed including:
- If a crane cannot maintain a safe visual clearance, a person must be designated to observe the proper clearance;
- Workers are not permitted to use boom guards that are cage-type, proximity warning devices, or substitutes for grounded and de-energizing lines such as insulating links.
- Electrical and transmission lines must be free from electrical charge.
- If electrical or transmission lines are not de-energized, cranes can only be operated in a safe distance from the lines.
- Insulated barriers are required to be used to prevent contact with power lines.
To learn more about crane safety requirements, contact an experienced crane accident attorney in New York.Injuries Associated With Crane Accidents
Injuries often seen with crane accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Shoulder injuries
The recovery from such a serious injury can be expensive and lengthy. A crane injury victim may even learn that they are not able to return to work at all because the crane injury has left them permanently disabled. While coping with a painful recovery as well as the financial stress of mounting medical bills and lack of income, it may be difficult to determine what your next step should be.Pursuing a Claim
If your crane injury was caused by the negligence of another person, you are entitled to recover compensation. The manner in which you will receive compensation is determined by who was responsible for the accident. As New York law requires all employers to carry workers' compensation insurance, if your employer was at fault, you will be entitled to benefits from Workers' Compensation insurance. If a sub-contractor, property owner or equipment manufacturer was at fault, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit in court. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity 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 Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were injured in a crane accident, it is important that you are represented by an experienced New York crane accident attorney serving New York. Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent injured victims in the following locations: Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, and Queens.