As a crane was unloading an air conditioning unit at a New York City office building on June 1, the air conditioner detached and plummeted 28 stories to the sidewalk below, according to an ABC 7 news report.
Ten people were injured due to the falling unit, including five pedestrians, two construction workers, one firefighter, and two New York Police Department officers.
Reports indicate the floor buckled, causing the air conditioning unit to fall. The cause of the floor shaking is still unknown. Authorities believe the weight of the unit was too heavy, or there was a defect in the construction of the floor.
The air conditioning unit hit several exterior parts of the building during its fall. Debris littered the streets below, with many large pieces damaging cars and other property. The cloud of dust caused by the accident caused several blocks of the city to be shut down for hours while crews began the clean-up process.
Construction accidents are serious events that can lead to significant, sometimes fatal injuries. Thousands of people are injured or killed due to dangerous construction sites and poor equipment training every year. If you or someone you know was injured on a construction site, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team is here to defend your rights and work towards compensation for your injuries. Call 866-LAWS-USA today for more information.
Cranes are powerful construction tools necessary for building modern infrastructure. In recent years, however, America has witnessed an alarming number of crane collapse accidents that resulted in debilitating injuries and lost lives. In 2006 alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 72 crane-related fatalities that mostly involved construction laborers, electricians, brazers and welders.
With proper crane care and maintenance, crane collapses can be highly preventable. Here is a simple crane check list to see if the equipment needs maintenance:
- Visual check of the hook, hook latch, crane block, and rope for irregularities, crack, breaks, or kinks
- Motion check if the brake drifts excessively, or if the labels agree with the crane controls
- Operation check to see if the crane has any unusual sound, vibration, and if the crane is being used within a safe weight limit
However, there are instances when employers and owners choose not to conduct proper crane maintenance and repair to speed up projects and cut costs, which may unfortunately increase the risk of crane accidents. If you have been hurt in a crane accident in New York, seek the help of our crane collapse lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, to learn about possible legal options you might take against the party responsible. Call our New York office at 866-LAWS-USA today.