New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on Accident Reporting Following Crane Collapse in Saratoga Springs

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments on near miss accident reporting following a crane collapse that caused no injuries or major damage. Reporting near miss accidents can help with worker safety.

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Finding the cause of the crane accident is key to preventing it from happening again.

A construction crane collapsed at a hotel construction site in the downtown business and entertainment district in Saratoga Springs, New York, reported The Wall Street Journal (2.14.13). No injuries or major damage was reported. Interesting to note was that the crane reportedly fell within view of the city's police and fire stations and, allegedly, the accident wasn’t reported to either department, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.

“The construction company was not required to call the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) after the accident either. OSHA Standard requires that a report must be made only after the work-related death of an employee or the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees,” explained Perecman.

Statistics show the importance of reporting and investigating near misses. Near misses are defined by OSHA as accidents that did not result in injury, illness, or damage but easily could have if there had been a slight shift in time or position.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the top of the crane crushed a metal fence bordering the vacant property.

The WSJ reported that the construction company claimed a lever malfunction caused the crane to fall.

“We will see if federal officials validate this claim,” said Perecman. “Finding the cause of the crane accident is key to preventing it from happening again.”

The construction accident is under investigation by OSHA, said the WSJ.

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 scaffold 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

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