close
Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.

New York’s Premier Construction Accident And Personal Injury Lawyers

No Recovery = No Fee Free ConsultationsHablamos Español

Will more NYC crane inspections mean fewer construction injuries?

Over the past few years, New York City has seen catastrophic accidents involving construction cranes. Most notably, a massive crane collapsed and killed a passerby in lower Manhattan in February 2016, when high winds were present. The tragedy led to greater regulations regarding the operation of cranes under windy conditions, but other crane-related accidents have occurred since then. 

Inspectors from the city's department of buildings (DOB) made surprise crane visits in early April, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Do stricter inspection protocols and enforcement practices make workers and innocent bystanders safer?

City rules and construction company risks

The city has long had crane rules in place, but they are not always followed by builders and contractors. Numerous worker deaths, injury to innocent bystanders and massive property damage occur because of improper crane use. Cutting corners on safety is risky, but it can be profitable.

Inspectors are making efforts to crack down on unsafe crane operation, but they can't be everywhere at all times. According to the ABC 7 report, the annual number of crane violations in the city has climbed over the last five years, from 4,000 to 8,000. The city's crane rules include the following:

  • Cranes must have a "lift director" in charge of operation.
  • Cranes must be outfitted with real-time wind-measurement devices.
  • Cranes must cease operation when winds hit 30 miles per hour.
  • Crane operators can be fined, personally, up to $25,000 for infractions.

If you have experienced a construction injury or the loss of a family member

If you or a loved one has experienced the hardships that come with a construction injury, get the legal help you need. You may be entitled to money damages through a third-party claim.

 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Case Results

Since 1965, we’ve recovered over $1 BILLION on behalf of our clients. read more
  • $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

  • $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

  • $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

  • $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

  • $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

  • $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.

*AV Preeminent is the highest rating of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

New York’s Premier Construction Accident And Personal Injury Lawyers
Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.
Tell us how we’re doing: Review Us

20 Vesey Street
Suite #1010
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-732-4992
New York Law Office Map

Email Our Firm
New Cases: 800-574-4LAW
Follow us on:
Map
No Recovery = No FeeFree ConsultationsHablamos Español
Call Today : 800-574-4LAW