Crane Incidents in NYC- Recent Deadly Crash Reminds City Residents of its Dangerous History with Crane Related Injury and Deaths

On Friday, February 5th a crane stretching some 565 feet collapsed, sending the massive piece of machinery and debris plummeting to the streets below in the midst of Manhattan’s rush hour.

The colossal mishap claimed one life and seriously injured two others.

According to the results of preliminary investigations by city officials the construction company and crane operator did adhere to safety protocols and regulations. Further they didn’t have any known complaints or violations at the site.

This is not the first time a crane crash has devastated NYC:
• March, 2008: A crane collapsed in Midtown, claiming the lives of 6 construction workers and one pedestrian.
• May, 2008: A fatal crane crash occurred on East 91st and 1st Ave. Two construction workers lost their lives in the incident.
• 2012: A crane collapsed, killing a worker at the 7-train extension site.
• 2013: A crane collapse in Long Island City left seven people injured.
• Spring, 2015: A construction worker was killed when a crane crashed onto him, just a month later a crane crash on Madison Avenue caused multiple injuries.

In the wake of the recent tragic crash The Gothamist published a brief history of crane collapses in NYC. Read more here.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact us today. While city officials work to regulate construction sites New York City construction workers are still suffering from preventable injuries far too regularly. Contact a personal injury attorney today who has experience handling construction specific cases.

Those hurt in construction injuries are not always construction workers, in fact it’s often pedestrians who are victimized by construction accidents. Any number of events, like falling debris, unsecured equipment, or unsafe walkways can lead to serious injury.  If you’re injured contact us today to discuss your legal options. We have several locations throughout the greater New York City area, including Manhattan, the Bronx, and Newark.