Construction is a constant in New York with no signs of slowing down. With the large number of construction sites across the city comes the risk of accidents, one of the most serious resulting from cranes. Just this week a type of crane known as a manlift (or cherry picker) crashed into the side of a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Thankfully no one was injured in the accident, though the Department of Buildings put a stop work order into place for failing to safeguard the construction site. Earlier this year a man was killed when bad weather caused a crane collapse only a mile from this latest incident, leading Mayor Bill de Blasio to establish tighter regulations for crane safety.
It should not take a workplace accident to bring safety concerns into focus. There are many measures construction companies and workers can take to ensure the safety of not only the crew but the surrounding community as well. Safety procedures start with examining the construction site to identify any potential hazards for cranes. Is there a large enough space for a crane to be assembled and disassembled correctly? Is the correct type of crane being used for the job? Is the ground sturdy enough to support the weight of the crane? Are there powerlines close enough to come into contact with the crane? This last question is crucial as electrocution resulting from a crane touching overhead power lines is the primary cause of death from crane accidents.
Once the location for a crane has been evaluated, it is important to make sure well qualify and certified individuals are involved in the inspection and operation of a crane. Construction companies should appoint a knowledgeable and experienced worker on site to oversee all safety features involved with the crane. Clearly, workers directly involved with the crane should be well trained in all aspects of operation including attaching and lifting different types of materials.
Cranes are a vital part of a construction project and need to be handled with safety as the number one priority. As we have seen, there are too many scenarios in which a crane accident can occur. What is even more tragic is that the majority of them are preventable. Injuries caused by a crane accident result in physical, emotional and financial difficulties. If you have been injured in a crane accident and need help, do not hesitate to call the experienced attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., today.