New York, New York (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Seven workers were hurt after a crane collapsed on a construction site in Long Island City, Queens. The 300-foot mobile crane was lifting a load more than twice the crane’s capacity when it came crashing down, reported The New York Times. Now that the reason for the collapse is known, the next question is why did this happen, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.
“The prevention of accidents is crucial. Consequences of an accident can include fatalities, injuries, and property damage,” said Perecman.
The operator of the crane was suspended, said The New York Times. Said the statement from the city, he “was unable to see the materials being lifted and was attempting to lift those materials outside of the approved loading zone.”
A check on the New York Department of Buildings website shows crane operator Paul Geer’s license was suspended.
Three workers were seriously injured in the accident, said The New York Times.
“Had the crane fallen differently or in the another direction, damage to life and property could have been much worse,” said David Perecman, the chair of the Construction Accident Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and yearly lecturer on construction accident law. “A crane operator must know the limits of the crane he or she is operating and always keep the loads within those limits.”
The accident occurred at EastCoast, a complex of luxury residential towers near the East River.
The owners of the Long Island City crane, New York Crane and Equipment Corporation, were involved in a 2008 accident in Manhattan in which two people were killed, said The New York Times.
The company’s owner was tried and acquitted on charges of manslaughter. In court, prosecutors had argued that the crane fell because an unqualified Chinese company, chosen for its low cost and promise of a quick turnaround, was hired to repair the crane at the site.
The case was People of New York v. James Lomma et al., New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 00852/10.
The crane that collapsed in Long Island City was a mobile crane. Among the many types of cranes, mobile cranes are responsible for the most fatal crane incidents, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).
“Unfortunately, crane operator error is one of the more common reasons for crane accidents,” said Perecman. “Injured workers would be a wise to contact an experienced lawyer about the circumstances of this accident and find out what actions may be taken.”
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases, including building and crane collapses. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."