A familiar thought experiment begins with a simple question: if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Our long-times readers will no doubt recall an article we published that touched upon the thought experiment with a line from a U.S. District Court: “If a crane falls in New York City, someone is almost always there to hear it – and be hit by it. The City’s high density makes it all but certain that a crane accident will never be far enough from public sidewalks or nearby buildings to lack impact on public safety.”
When a crane collapses or topples in our city, there’s no thought experiment needed. The question then is about how families who lose loved ones can hold those responsible for the construction accident tragedy. The same is true for those who are injured in crane collapses: what can they do to get the medical care they require and wage replacement they need and deserve?
You might have read recently of the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Work on the Hudson River project will proceed with a crane over 300 feet tall and capable of lifting 12 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.
We wish nothing but the best for all those working on the bridge project.
As we wrote in our article, the New York Times has reported that the “overwhelming majority of crane accidents” are due to equipment failure, not mistakes by the operators of the mechanical giants. A variety of people can be responsible for equipment failure, including manufacturers, the owner of the crane (often skimping on maintenance or needed repairs), subcontractors, inspectors and others.
Those injured in these accidents, and those who lose a loved one in a crane collapse, can speak with an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.