In today’s modern workplace, heavy machinery is absolutely essential. Construction sites across New York City rely on the lifting power of cranes, hoists, and derricks to move massive loads of material from one location to another. The size and power of cranes and other forms of heavy machinery make them inherently dangerous pieces of equipment. In order to protect construction workers in NYC and across the nation, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has instituted numerous safety regulations guiding the manufacture, transport, use, assembly and disassembly of cranes.
New York City Crane Accident Lawyers
Every year, construction workers in New York City suffer debilitating, traumatic injuries in crane-related accidents. Some are struck by falling debris from a faulty crane overhead, while others become stuck between a poorly-operated machine and another surface. These hard-working individuals face rising medical expenses and lengthy periods where they are unable to work such as in the recent crane collapse in Manhattan in February 2016. Unfortunately, in some incidents workers die and leave families behind.
For decades, New York City’s workers have turned to the construction accident lawyers at Banville Law for support. Our personal injury attorneys have fought for construction workers’ rights for decades. Unlike insurance companies, we always seek maximum compensation, ensuring that our clients recover with peace of mind.
What Happens After An Injury Occurs?
Most injured construction workers rely on New York State’s Workers Compensation Board for necessary compensation after an accident. New York’s Workers Comp Laws guarantee that employees are insured for accidents that occur on the job. In exchange for this guarantee, workers lose the ability to directly sue their employers for negligence.
But tragically, the Workers Compensation System in NYC fails many workers. Insurers have become progressively greedy – denying justified claims or drastically reducing the amounts to which injured workers are entitled. And without legal recourse, many injured construction workers are forced to pay for their work-related medical expenses out of pocket. It’s a broken system that’s bankrupted numerous families.
Is Workers Compensation Enough?
Many construction accident victims assume that Workers Comp is their only avenue for compensation, in large part because they are legally barred from suing their employers. But in some cases, third parties, like independent contractors, subcontractors, and even crane manufacturers, can be held responsible for an accident in New York City.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help injured workers determine responsibility for their accident, and hold guilty parties liable. The lawyers at Banville Law are fully aware of the significant financial burdens that experienced legal counsel can place on accident victims. That’s why we always offer our services on a contingency-fee basis – you owe us nothing unless we return a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.
The Common Types Of Crane Accidents
In ongoing research studies, OSHA has found that nearly 10% of all construction site accidents involve workers struck by falling objects. In many cases, malfunctioning cranes can prematurely release their loads, crushing workers below. The jib arms of tower cranes can also fall precipitously, injuring those on the ground and operators working in the machine’s cab.
OSHA found that 8.1% of all construction accidents involve electrocution. Because of their extreme height, cranes routinely come into contact with power lines, electrocuting operators and workers who come into contact with portions of the machine.
Operators can accidentally fall from a cab. In the event that a fall was caused by a malfunctioning cab door, a crane’s manufacturer may be held liable for the accident. Falls account for 39.9% of all construction accidents.