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Manhattan Crane Accident Kills One Worker And Injures Others

Posted in Construction Accidents | Work Injuires,Worksite Accidents on April 5, 2012

One construction worker was killed and another was injured when a crane collapsed at a construction site in Manhattan.  The accident occurred where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is extending the 7 subway line.  Two pieces of the boom, a 80-foot piece and a 40-foot piece, came apart and fell to the ground.  Michael Simermeyer, 30, of Burlington was killed.  He was an employee of a subcontractor, J & E Industries.  Another worker suffered a leg injury and was hospitalized, and three others suffered minor injuries.  The crane is owned by Yonkers Contracting Company.  Work at the site has been suspended until further notice.  An investigation into the accident will be conducted by the city Department of Buildings.  This is the third fatal accident involving cranes within four years in New York City.

A recent annual report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that there were 816 construction workers that died at construction sites.

An Article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that the construction industry one of the most dangerous industries in the United States and estimates that there are 150,000 work related injuries and illnesses that occur each year to crane operators and construction workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that ten percent of construction workers are injured on the job each year.

Most wrongful death accidents and construction site injuries are attributed to malfunctioning equipment. Cranes are the major cause of serious injuries and work related fatalities. Construction site workers in New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx work with 1000’s of cranes on a daily basis that cause serious injuries.

What are the main causes of crane accidents at construction sites?

  • Impaired Vision
  • Crane collapses due to improper setup
  • Collision with other equipment or structures
  • Mechanical failures
  • Inadequate protection
  • Operator distractions that lead to mistakes
  • Poor safety training
  • Overweight cargo
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Power Line Electrocution
  • Falling debris

If you have suffered a crane injury in a worksite accident, contact an experienced lawyer in New York City that you can trust to fight your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel have litigated multi-million dollar catastrophic injury cases. Attorney Knispel’s verdicts have been published numerous times in the New York Jury Verdict Reporter and New York Law Journal.  Jay is currently serving as trial counsel to some of the most respected law firms in New York City. Contact their office 24/7 at 212.564.2800.

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