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New York Crane Collapse Injures 7

Published January 16, 2013 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A crane collapsed on a building under construction near the East River waterfront January 9, injuring seven people.

Three of those who were hurt had to be pulled from under the toppled equipment.

Witnesses heard a loud snap and then the enormous crane fell. It demolished the scaffolding and skeleton of a 25-story residential apartment building going up in Queens.

One in 5 workplace deaths occur on construction sites each year. Construction workers are protected if reckless or negligent actions lead to on-the-job injuries in New York City.

This is a report from Fox News:

The people who had to be extricated from underneath the crane suffered a range of injuries, broken bones being the most severe, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Ferran said. He said emergency services personnel didn’t need heavy machinery to get them out. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

Tony Sclafani, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Building, said their engineers were investigating the cause of the collapse.

“This is a mobile crane, whose boom collapsed onto the building under construction,” Sclafani said.

Construction cranes have fueled safety fears since two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan in 2008, killing nine people.

In the wake of those accidents, the city’s buildings commissioner resigned and new building safety measures were implemented, including more inspectors and beefed-up training requirements.

But then in April, another crane fell and killed a worker at a New York construction site for a new subway line.

And last fall, during Superstorm Sandy, a construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously for days until it could be anchored.

Common accidents that cause workplace injuries in New York include:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by heavy machinery or falling objects
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Electrocution
  • Collapsing walls or roofs
  • Exposure to toxic substances.

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