New York Construction and Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence Saftler Reacts To Ignoring Warning Signs Which Cost a Construction Workers His Life at the No. 7 Subway Site

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Warning Signs Were Ignored. Equipment Wasn't Safe. This is a Recipe For Disaster, Which Occurred on the No. 7 Subway Construction Site, Causing a Worker His Life. This is an Event Which Was Preventable. As NY Daily News reported on July 16, “Michael Simermeyer, 30, died the evening of April 3 when a 160-foot steel crane boom suddenly collapsed at the MTA’s No. 7 subway extension construction site. Simermeyer was working underneath and was crushed by falling debris.”

            “U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration investigators probing the collapse have discovered evidence that there were problems with the crane before disaster struck. The crane was making noises that alarmed workers in the weeks before the accident. And a forensic probe has found parts of the crane that were deteriorating--- weeks and possibly months before calamity struck, sources said.”

“Michael’s mother said as she broke down, “I would like a fair and honest investigation of this. I know my son was lying there and told them he was hurt. My son went to work. He should have had the sense of security that he could come home that night. All I got back from him was his backpack, his safety hat and his glasses--- and not my son.””

            “Even Michael Simermeyer himself had fears before the accident. One of Michael’s friends told The News he had an unnerving conversation with Michael weeks before the accident. “He got real serious, and Mikey wasn’t a real serious type. He said ‘Lou, I’m scared’ He said there was another crane accident and ‘people got killed in that and I’m going to be working with this crane. And it’s making noises. There’s talk that it’s either the cable or the boom. The guys are talking that it’s making noises and they don’t know what they are.’ He said one guy had walked off the job already because he felt it was unsafe,” all as reported by NY Daily News.

            Construction and Personal Injury lawyer Lawrence B. Saftler understands the fears of construction workers on the job, many whose fears are substantiated with devastating costs. Saftler says, “It is a tragedy when equipment is not properly maintained and ultimately causes severe injury or death at a worksite. There are duties and obligations to maintain safe equipment at all times. It is an even greater tragedy when there are warning signs known to the workers and possibly the employers or owners of the worksite that are not acted upon to prevent an accident which causes the kind of tragedy that occurred here.”

The Saftler Law Firm, established over 30 years ago, has always been an advocate for personal injury victims injured at worksite and construction sites as well as other injury victims. Always on the side of the injured victim, Mr. Saftler has been the recipient of numerous high settlements, verdicts, and awards, including a ten million dollar verdict for a fall down victim. A past speaker to the New York State Bar Association on construction accidents, Mr. Saftler is a leading advocate in protecting workers in work related accidents with successful results.

Mr. Saftler can be found at his midtown Manhattan office at 275 Madison Ave., New York, New York and can be reached by contacting him at 646-865-0797. His website can provide valuable information about labor law cases handled in the past as well as other areas of personal injury litigation handled by the Saftler Law Firm. Visit the site at

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