New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on Third Runaway Tappan Zee Construction Barge

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on Tappan Zee Bridge construction after a barge being used by workers broke free from a mooring for the third time.

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A barge floating by itself, unaccompanied by a tugboat to steer it, can be dangerous to both structures and people on or near the water.

Attorney at Law David Perecman praises The New York State Thruway Authority for withholding $1 million a month from Tappan Zee Constructors, the consortium of builders working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge project. The penalty came after a barge carrying long steel piles came loose and drifted down the Hudson River. This was the third time that a barge being used for the Tappan Zee Bridge project broke free from its mooring, reported The New York Times(3.31.14).

“A barge floating by itself, unaccompanied by a tugboat to steer it, can be dangerous to both structures and people on or near the water,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms.

The runaway barge floated three miles down the river and then across it before being re-secured. An investigation was underway to determine how the barge broke free, The New York Times said.

The first barge floated off on September 22 and was captured a mile away. Other barges belonging to two subcontractors escaped their moorings during a winter storm on January 3. One ended up 13 miles away. There were no injuries or property damage caused by any of the three incidents, according to The New York Times.

Tappan Zee Constructors must also install a GPS tracking system for its vessels, add extra river patrols and increase the training for crews rigging the barges, reported The New York Times.

The workers are building a new cable-stayed bridge to replace the 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge.

“Safety is a critical priority on any construction project, and every effort must be made to reduce the chances of someone or something getting hurt,” said Perecman.

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.

The New York Times story cited is “Runaway Barge Irks Tappan Zee Officials.”

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 fires on construction sites. 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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