Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP Retained to Represent Family of Worker Tragically Killed in December 2012 Bronx Crane Accident

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Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP announces its retention in the tragic crane accident case, and explains what victims of crane accidents need to know.

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The New York construction accident law firm Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP has been retained by the family of Tristan Mananghaya, a 38 year old worker who was tragically killed on December 4, 2012 when a massive industrial air conditioner that was being hoisted by a crane fell and crushed him. The firm has commenced a lawsuit in Supreme Court, Bronx County under Index Number: 20191/2013, and is beginning to conduct discovery to uncover all of the potential causes of this horrific accident. The firm hopes to help the family through its grieving process and to obtain justice by holding all responsible parties fully accountable.

Crucial in today’s world of construction is moving large and heavy loads, particularly here in New York where construction rarely seems to slow down. Cranes are frequently used to accomplish this task. Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury trial law firm that has vast experience representing victims of construction accidents, including accidents that involve cranes. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of cranes and for those workers in close proximity to them. While cranes are a key part of construction, they can also be extremely destructive and if not operated or maintained properly, serious injuries or death can result. Given the size and power of various types of cranes, the potential for injury at sites or operations utilizing cranes without proper planning and safety procedures is tremendous.

Indeed, New Yorkers are well aware of the dangers crane can pose. Three scary and well publicized crane accidents occurred in New York City in just a short span at the end of 2012; the midtown crane at the Extell high rise construction site that was left dangling by the force of Hurricane Sandy, the crane that collapsed while picking up a large air conditioner and landed across a Manhattan street and the crane that dropped the industrial chiller on Mr. Mananghaya. (

In New York State, construction workers are protected by the Labor law, which sets strict safety standards and enables injured workers to recover from construction site owners and general contractors who have violated the law. Despite these standards which dictate that cranes need be regularly and properly inspected and operators need be suitably qualified and trained, more and more workers are placed at unnecessary risks. The law permits injured workers or family members of a fatally injured worker to receive workers compensation benefits, providing some relief due to their inability to work and paying for medical expenses. In addition, a victim of a crane accident may seek compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering.

Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury construction accident law firm that represents victims of accidents involving cranes, ladders, scaffolding, falls, falling objects, defective equipment, building collapses and electric shocks, among others. The firm has obtained over $500 Million for its clients through its extensive history of verdicts and settlements (

The experienced trial lawyers of Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP discuss a crane accident victim's rights here: Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP can be reached at (212) 736-5300 for a free consultation, and the firm website is located at:

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