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New York Crane and Heavy Equipment Accidents

What Types of Crane Accidents Occur in the Construction Industry?

Cranes are used to lift beams and other heavy construction materials, often to substantial heights. The following types of crane accidents commonly occur:

  • A crane dropping a beam or heavy load
  • A crane collapsing onto structures and workers
  • A crane contacting power lines
  • A crane knocking over scaffolding or other building structures
  • A crane striking a worker due to operator inexperience or lack of adherence to safety regulations

When a debilitating crane or heavy equipment accident occurs, construction workers often face significant financial hardship. Exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, lost future income, and even permanent disability can threaten their quality of life. All too often, workers compensation is insufficient to deal with such financial burdens.

Seeking legal counsel from experienced construction accident attorneys is vital to offset these types of challenges. New York law offers protection for construction workers who have been seriously injured in crane and heavy equipment accidents. If you have suffered a serious injury, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to find out what your prospects are for recovering compensation.

What Heavy Equipment Can Be Involved in Accidents?

While cranes are often used in construction work, so are other types of heavy machinery, such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, cement mixers, forklifts, graders and haul trucks, to name a few.

Heavy equipment is essential for building large structures, but it frequently poses serious risks for workers. Sometimes due to vehicle blind spots, heavy equipment operators do not see workers and run over them when backing up, or a worker may get caught by a heavy machinery vehicle and dragged without the driver realizing it.

Legal Help for Heavy Equipment and Crane Accidents

When a debilitating crane or heavy equipment accident occurs, construction workers often face significant financial hardship. Exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, lost future income, and even permanent disability can threaten their quality of life. All too often, workers compensation is insufficient to deal with such financial burdens.

Seeking legal counsel from experienced construction accident attorneys is vital to offset these types of challenges. New York law offers protection for construction workers who have been seriously injured in crane and heavy equipment accidents. If you have suffered a serious injury, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to find out what your prospects are for recovering compensation.

What Do We Look for When Bringing a Lawsuit Involving Crane and Heavy Equipment Accidents?

Our attorneys evaluate the conditions under which injuries were sustained. Was the work done at elevated heights or was the accident gravity-fall related? New York Labor Law 240 holds contractors and property owners strictly liable for falls from heights or falling objects from heights.

Lawyers also look for negligence that occurred at the construction site, such as untrained or improperly trained crane or heavy equipment operators, or heavy equipment in a state of disrepair because it was not regularly inspected to insure it was safe to operate. Workers performing onsite tasks should be provided with safety equipment and also trained in safety measures that meet OSHA standards. Ultimately, the contractor is responsible to ensure that the construction site is safe at all times.

Find Out How Our Lawyers Can Assist You with Your Construction Site Accident

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP offers a free consultation where you can describe how the accident occurred and discuss the extent of your injuries. Our attorneys will explain your legal rights and evaluate the prospects of pursuing a lawsuit. We work diligently to recover compensation to help accident victims deal with financial hardship that result from injuries.

Find out how we can help.

Call us toll free at 888.519.6400, or contact us in Garden City at 516.248.2234, or in Flushing-Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx at 718.539.3100. You can also fill in our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.

We know you take your injury seriously, and so do we.

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