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.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP