New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Comments on Weak Bolts in Barclays Center Construction

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments the discovery of weak bolts in the Barclays Center. The problem with the weak bolts was discovered in August and ironworkers were still replacing them in December.

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Companies can't rush construction. Too many things can go wrong and the stakes are too high.

Hundreds of bolts that anchor 12,000 steel plates to the Barclays Center structure were discovered to be weaker than required. The weak bolts were discovered in August, a month before the arena opened, though the story made The New York Times just this past week. "Consider it extremely lucky the arena opened on time, survived Hurricane Sandy, and hasn’t injured anyone," said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.

According to The New York Times, concerns were raised about the structure’s integrity after an engineering firm discovered that the fabricator had sent bolts that were half as strong as those that had been ordered. All the bolts did not need to be replaced, however. Engineers determined that “only 1,768 of the 23,351 bolts — about 8 percent — would need to be cut out and replaced.”
Ironworkers were still working in December to replace the bolts.

Part of the problem was that the manufacturer of the arena's shell shut down mid-build, said The New York Times. After ASI Limited defaulted on a bank loan and closed, Hunt Construction, the manager of the project, reopened the plant and hired workers to fill two 12-hour shifts a day.

“Companies can't rush construction. Too many things can go wrong and the stakes are too high. Builders need to get projects right the first time, especially when they’re being built for thousands of people to inhabit,” 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.

As reported by The New York Times, a possible miscommunication between the arena’s developer, Forest City Ratner, and the New York City Buildings Department may have delayed a public announcement of the error.

The Barclays Center is the new home for the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.

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 personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including crane and scaffold accidents in New York. 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

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