These are accidents that can and should be prevented. Safety codes and regulations are there for a reason. When a crane operator or contractor willfully violates these laws, they must be held accountable.
(PRWEB) February 14, 2013
New York City Building officials have cited a crane operator and a contractor saying that they failed to inspect the equipment and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed at a construction site and injured seven construction workers. According to a Jan. 30 news report in The Associated Press, the crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction LLC were each slapped with five citations and face about $64,000 each in fines and penalties.
The report quotes building officials who say that the crane operator and his supervisors did not ensure that the operation adhered to approved plans. Instead, the crane was trying to lift 24,000 pounds, more than twice its limit, the article states. During the Jan. 9 collapse, the 170-foot-long boom fell and took out part of the building's wooden framework.
None of the workers suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the report. The developer, TF Cornerstone, and site safety manager Arthur Covelli have also been cited with failing to safeguard people and property during construction, a violation that carries at least $2,400 in fines, The Associated Press reports.
Crane accidents, particularly in New York City high rises, have the potential to cause significant destruction, said New York Personal injury lawyer, Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "These are accidents that can and should be prevented. Safety codes and regulations are there for a reason. When a crane operator or contractor willfully violates these laws, they must be held accountable. It is very fortunate that none of the workers in this most recent Queens crane collapse suffered life-threatening injuries."
It is very fortunate that none of the workers in this most recent Queens crane collapse suffered life-threatening injuries, Wilhelm said. "This incident could have been a lot worse. Had the crane tipped over an occupied building or fallen on passers-by, the consequences could have been catastrophic."
Crane operator errors, particularly when it comes to misjudging or miscalculating the weight of the loads, are extremely common, Wilhelm said. "When someone's error or negligence causes a crane accident, injured victims, whether they are construction workers on the site or bystanders, have legal rights. It is critical that they contact an experienced construction accident lawyer and obtain more information regarding the measures they can take to protect their rights."
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