October 24, 2012 | Former Judge NYC Civil Court Housing Part George M. Heymann
Crane accidents can cause serious injury and/or death not only for the operator[s] of the crane, but for unsuspecting individuals in neighboring buildings that get struck or those on the ground who have debris raining down upon them. This is especially so in a large metropolis such as New York City. For example, on the east side of Manhattan the collapse of a crane at a construction site killed the crane operator, injured a fellow worker and the owner of the crane company was indicted for manslaughter. More recently, while work was being done to extend the #7 train on the west side of Manhattan, a 120 foot crane snapped into two sections: one 80 feet in length and the other 40 feet in length. This resulted in the death of one construction worker, leaving another with serious injuries and three others with minor injuries.
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