No city should adopt new rules which may compromise safety for money, especially one with as many people in it as New York.
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2012
Operators of soaring cranes may be able to get their license without any prior experience working in New York City.
According to the New York Daily News (3/18/2012), the Bloomberg administration is considering a proposed new rule that eliminates the requirement that all big crane operators must run cranes as apprentices in the city for three years before getting their license.
Unsurprising to New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, the new Buildings Department proposal sparked a debate over safety between the crane workers union and large developers.
As reported by the New York Daily News, Operating Engineers Local 14 “warns” that changing the practical experience requirement could endanger people. Big developers say the change is positive, making hiring less costly.
The proposed new rules require two years of prior apprenticeship experience gained in any “urban area of comparable density,” said the NYDN.
“Few cities in the world share New York City’s unique vertical density in both the number and average height of buildings. And does any city truly compare to New York City? No city should adopt new rules which may compromise safety for money, especially one with as many people in it as New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law, said.
According to the New York Department of Labor, the rule requiring experience was implemented to protect people from the hazards of New York crane “accidents that can occur when an unskilled person operates a crane.”
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or crane accident, please contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases including scaffold accidents and crane accidents. 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.
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), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.
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."