On Friday February 5, a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan, killing one person and injuring three others. The crane operating company, Galasso Trucking & Rigging, had been lowering the crane to adjust to windy conditions when the crane toppled over. The crane had been inspected by the New York City Department of Buildings the previous day after the operating company had requested to extend the crane to a certain height.
While the New York City Police Department and Department of Buildings is still investigating the cause of the crash, it's worth noting that the owner of the crane, Bay Crane, has been sued five times in the past five years, and has been involved in at least two serious accidents in the last year alone.
Crane accidents can be frightening and fatal, and can also cause severe injuries to those involved. There can be several reasons for a crane accident. Bay Crane, for example, has been sued for employing faulty equipment. Sub contractors may neglect to properly train workers to recognize and respond to dangerous conditions. Dangerous or unsecure conditions on a construction site can destabilize a crane and contribute to its collapse. And of course, a crane operator can also be negligent him or herself.
If you've been involved in a crane accident, your injuries may be severe, requiring costly medical treatment. Proper investigation by an experienced construction accident lawyer will be necessary to determine the cause of the accident and to hold responsible the people or entities responsible for your injuries.