We hope that every crane operator active in the New York City area would take the time to inspect their cranes and instruct their workers about crane safety after hearing about this tragic accident.
New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
New York construction accident lawyer Joseph A. Ginarte today expressed his law firm’s sympathy for the family of a construction worker killed in a crane accident in the Bronx earlier this month and said the incident should be a wakeup call for all construction operators that work with heavy suspended objects.
“We are saddened to hear of this shocking crane accident in the Bronx, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of Michael Tristan Mananghaya,” said Ginarte, founder of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, a personal injury law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey.
“We hope that every crane operator active in the New York City area would take the time to inspect their cranes and instruct their workers about crane safety after hearing about this tragic accident,” he said.
Mananghaya, 38, of Jersey City, N.J., was crushed to death December 4 when an industrial-size air conditioning unit fell from a crane onto the sidewalk next to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, police said. A private company was moving a portable chiller unit when the unit fell and struck Mananghaya, according to ABS-CBN News.
Mananghaya, a father of four, was pronounced dead after failed attempts to resuscitate him in the hospital’s emergency room, according to news reports.
NYC Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani said workers used a crane to lift a flatbed carrying the chiller unit, according to a report in GMA News. Both the New York City Buildings Department and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were investigating the incident, according to the report.
“Unfortunately, members of a construction crew can get drafted into a specific task they haven’t been trained for, such as loading a crane hoist, and deadly workplace accidents can result,” said Ginarte, adding that he was speaking generally as a construction injury attorney and not of any particular incident.
The Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd law firm investigates crane accidents and other construction accidents and workplace injuries in the NY / NJ metro area in the pursuit of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of injured construction workers or their surviving family members.
Ginarte said construction accidents happen frequently and workers are often injured -- if not killed -- and struggle afterward with medical bills and loss of income.
“A New York or New Jersey construction worker who has been hurt in a workplace accident should discuss their injury with an experienced construction accident lawyer like those at Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd as soon as they can,” Ginarte said.
“In cases in which negligence or recklessness has caused a workplace injury, the injured worker has a right to compensation to help with bills, as well as compensation for pain and suffering during recovery,” he said.
About Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP
For more than 30 years, the law firm of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, has represented injured workers in all kinds of New York and New Jersey construction site injuries, including cases arising from on-the-job accidents, industrial injuries and wrongful death claims for dependents. The firm’s team of 25 lawyers and 100 staff members can assist clients with workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and third-party personal injury claims. The Ginarte law firm features offices in New York City, Newark, Elizabeth, Clifton, Union City and Perth Amboy. The firm’s New York office is located at 225 Broadway, 13 Floor, New York, NY 10007 (local phone (212) 601-9700). The firm can assist Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking clients. To learn more, call 1-888-GINARTE or use the firm’s online contact form.