Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP Publishes Crane Accident Prevention Tips After The Infamous West 57th Street Crane Damaged In Sandy Has Now Been Replaced

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West 57th Street Crane Has Now Been Replaced; Block O'Toole & Murphy Releases Crane Safety Tips

Concerns about preventing a crane accident were never higher than during 'Super Storm Sandy' after a crane toppled off a high-rise on West 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. The crane dangled high above the busy Manhattan streets until construction workers alleviated the danger. The iconic photographs of the crane looming over the city for four days after the storm were instantly ingrained in our memories and still serve as a reminder about how devastating this storm was to the New York area.

According to a May 11, 2013 PIX 11 article titled "57th Street Crane That Crumbled During Sandy Gets Replaced", the now legendary crane was replaced last week. Construction workers raised the massive crane from the street to the top of the West 57th Street condo.
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Preventing crane accidents is a consistent concern for a construction worker. Cranes are frequently employed at construction sites and are necessary to accomplish many different things at a construction site. Block O'Toole & Murphy, a well-regarded construction accident law firm with a team of experienced crane accident lawyers (, hopes the memory of the crane hovering over our city will compel people to keep a razor-sharp focus on safety at construction sites. Jeffrey Block, a noted construction accident lawyer with Block O'Toole & Murphy, comments "People need to remember that construction workers need cranes to continue building this city. Crane accidents can truly have devastating consequences. We need to allow our workers to do their jobs safely."

Block O'Toole & Murphy is a New York personal injury law firm that understands how dangerous cranes can be, and how crane accidents can be prevented, from its years of experience representing injured construction workers. Fatalities and serious injuries ( can occur if cranes are not inspected and used properly. Crane accidents can also occur when workers are struck by the load or are caught inside the swing radius. Electrical mishaps can also lead to severe accidents and injuries. A failure to assemble or disassemble the crane properly can also be a significant source of crane accidents.

What can be done to reduce the instances of crane accidents?

  •     Cranes are to be operated only by qualified and trained personnel.
  •     A designated competent person must inspect the crane and all crane controls before use.
  •     Be sure the crane is on a firm/stable surface and level.
  •     During assembly/disassembly do not unlock or remove pins unless sections are blocked and secure (stable).
  •     Fully extend outriggers and barricade accessible areas inside the crane’s swing radius clearance from the lines.
  •     Inspect all rigging prior to use; do not wrap hoist lines around the load.
  •     Be sure to use the correct load chart for the crane’s current configuration and setup, the load weight and lift path.
  •     Do not exceed the load chart capacity while making lifts.
  •     Raise load a few inches, hold, verify capacity/balance, and test brake system before delivering load.
  •     Do not move loads over workers.
  •     Be sure to follow signals and manufacturer instructions while operating cranes.

The construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have a long and proud history of helping injured construction workers. The firm's verdicts and settlements ( illustrate the commitment and compassion of their experienced team of serious personal injury trial lawyers. If you or a loved one wants to learn more about the firm, please consult the website For a free consultation, please call 212.736.5300.

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