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Crane Accidents

Cranes, derricks and hoists are essential for construction projects in New York City. However, there is no room for error when setting up or operating equipment that moves heavy loads to an elevated structure. Any negligence can cause serious injury or death to workers and pedestrians below.

At O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, in Manhattan, our lawyers represent construction workers and their families for losses suffered in crane, derrick and hoist accidents. We also represent property owners on building damage claims. We offer a
free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Our personal injury attorneys have a track record of exceptional results for construction workers throughout the New York City area, including:

  • $7,000,000 for an ironworker who sustained serious back injuries requiring multiple surgeries when an improperly hoisted load fell on him.
  • $4,500,000 for an ironworker who suffered back, hip, knee and internal injuries when the lift upon which he was working was struck by the boom of a crane.
  • $3,700,000 for the death of a laborer who fell from a defective hoist.
  • $675,000 for a carpenter who sustained an ankle injury as a result of an improper hoisting operation.

Holding Negligent Operators Accountable For Accidents

The most common accidents involving cranes and lifting devices include:

Many accidents can be avoided by simple safety steps, including:

  • Pre-erection inspection
  • Assessment of ground conditions
  • Assessment of wind conditions
  • Safety procedures for working near power lines
  • Use of synthetic slings
  • Use of qualified operators

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spells out rules for safe operation of cranes, derricks and hoists. Prompt investigations of accidents often uncover violations of OSHA safety rules.

For Legal Representation Following A Crane, Hoist Or Derrick Accident

The sooner you call us, the sooner our attorneys can collect and preserve the evidence we will need to secure maximum compensation for your loss. Call
212-571-7100 for a free consultation.


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