Crane usage carries a greater potential for disaster than almost any other construction site activity.
New York, New York (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
A crane fell over while it was lifting a large section of a tree. The tree trimmer working from the basket of the crane was tossed onto the roof of a nearby home and suffered a broken leg, said the Courier-Post. “Lifting heavy things is a dangerous business,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman. “Crane usage carries a greater potential for disaster than almost any other construction site activity.”
The crane was being used to remove trunk sections being cut from a “towering” tree, reported the Courier-Post on Feb. 7th, 2013. Haddonfield Fire Chief Joseph Riggs said the tree was heavier than expected. The weight of the tree was thought to have caused the crane and truck to tilt.
“Crane operators must know the limits of their crane and always keep the loads within those limits,” said Perecman. “A large percentage of crane accidents are avoidable.”
The operator was unable to leave the crane cab for more than an hour. An electric line had fallen on the truck after the crane's boom tore down the power line, the Courier-Post said.
“The operator did the right thing by staying in the cab. Electrocution is a leading cause of death for people working with cranes,” Perecman said.
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 building 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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