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Operator and Contractor Cited in New York City Crane Collapse

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Cranes CollapseA crane operator and a contractor failed to inspect equipment and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed at a New York City construction site and injured seven workers, The Associated Press reports. According to officials with the New York City Department of Buildings, the crane operator, Paul Geer, and the contractor, Cross Country Construction LLC were each slapped with five violations in connection with the January 9 crane collapse in Queens. Each faces about $64,000 in fines.

String of Safety Violations

Officials say Geer was trying to lift more than twice the crane’s capacity when its arm fell. Investigators also stated that Geer and the construction company did nothing to ensure that the operation was being performed according to approved plans. This was the latest in a series of crane collapses to have occurred in recent years and has raised serious concerns about crane safety in New York City.

Although this crane failure did not result in life-threatening injuries, three workers had to be extricated from beneath fallen machinery after the 170-foot-long boom fell and mowed down part of the building’s framework. Geer’s license has been suspended. The developer, TF Cornerstone and site safety manager have been cited with failing to safeguard people and property during construction.

Compensation for Injured Workers

In such cases, where there may be several negligent parties involved, injured workers, in addition to filing for workers’ compensation benefits, can also file a third-party claim. Such claims are usually filed against parties other than employers such as general contractors, sub-contractors, crane operators, building owners, manufacturers of defective products, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker who was injured on the job – one of the highest construction case settlements in New York in 2010. Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: The Associated Press

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