The World Cup stadiums need to be completed soon, but the top priority must be worker safety.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
A construction crane collapsed and killed two workers in São Paulo, Brazil. The crane accident occurred at the stadium being built to hold the opening game of next year’s World Cup. The crane tore a gash in the stadium when it crashed into the structure, said The Washington Post (11.29.13). Construction accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, urged organizers of the World Cup to prioritize the safety of workers over speed.
“When people are pushed to work harder and faster, safety often falls by the wayside. The stadiums need to be completed soon, but the top priority must be worker safety,” said Perecman.
According to The Washington Post, there are nine other cranes at the site and workers are prohibited from using them until the construction company behind the stadium project can show “safety measures are in place and there is no more risk of accidents.” Investigators are considering three lines of accident causes: human error, mechanical problems and instability with the ground underneath the crane.
Perecman supported the work stoppage. Working on a construction site is commonly considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
“The majority of construction tragedies can be prevented. No families should have to endure preventable tragedies,” said Perecman.
In the United States, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the use of all kinds of cranes and related equipment in order to keep workers safe while on the job. Employers who do not follow proper guidelines could face huge lawsuits if an employee is injured or killed while working.
The Washington Post article cited is “Police to talk to crane operator at Brazil stadium.”
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped victims of crane accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crane accident or other serious accident 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
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."