Tens of thousands of construction workers are injured on the job each year. Many of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented if not for the carelessness or negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction site accident, contact our expert Boston construction site accident attorneys today to discuss your potential case.
Cranes are essential for many construction projects, especially in busy metropolitan areas. Cranes make it possible to transport needed raw materials and supplies to the perilous heights that modern skyscrapers now reach. With their large design, the heavy weights of materials being transported, and the extreme heights, there is an inherent danger to cranes. This danger was realized again recently, as New York added more injuries to its ever-growing list of crane-related worker injuries.
Two workers were tragically killed earlier this year when a crane fell over on a gusty day in Queens. According to nytimes.com, the accident occurred around 12:10 p.m. at a construction site at 81-10 134th Street in the Briarwood neighborhood while work was being done on an apartment complex. The crane was moving a 6,500 pound I-shaped beam when it lost control and the beam began to sway wildly. The beam crashed into the cabin of the crane, killing the operator inside, and then fell four stories, landing on another worker below. Both men were declared dead at the scene by the time emergency crews arrived.
An investigation has been launched, and early reports suggest that wind was a crucial factor. As a result of these types of accidents, there has been a recent push to restrict crane use during windy weather and particularly windy areas. While there are currently no reports of any possible litigation involving this particular matter, if it can be shown that it was negligent to be operating this crane in conditions in which it was operated, the family of the two killed workers could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in a job site accident? If so, please call our expert Boston construction site accident lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Time may be factor, so please do not hesitate to contact our law office today!