An iron worker was pronounced dead on the scene after being crushed by massive beams while working on the steel framework of the Barclay’s Center on Tuesday, February 24, according to a report by The New York Times.
Peter Zepf was unloading steel joists from a truck when several massive metal beams fell, crushing him to death. The accident happened at around 1 p.m. near the arena’s Atlantic Avenue side. Zepf’s colleague said the beams were improperly loaded.
No violations have yet been cited against the contractor, as the New York Police Department and the Department of Buildings are still investigating the fatal incident.
All of us at Hach & Rose, LLP send out deepest condolences to family and friends affected by their recent and unexpected loss.
On Monday afternoon a crane at a luxury high-rise in Manhattan collapsed due to the powerful winds associated with Hurricane Sandy. The crane posed a serious threat to surrounding buildings and people in the area due to the fact that it was situated 90 stories above ground.
Evacuation of the areas near the collapsed crane took place immediately after the construction accident. The strong storm winds did not allow contractors or city officials to gain access to the crane after the incident unfolded.
The New York City mayor revealed that the process of securing the crane to the $1.5 billion building will take several days, and will require construction workers to construct another crane on top of the one already in place in order to completely remove it. As of right now, no injuries have been reported as a result of this collapse, and the last reported inspection of the crane was performed on Friday, October 26.
Serious injuries can be the direct result of falling objects in an unsecured area. If you have been injured in a construction accident, please contact the construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP by calling 212-779-0057 today to discuss your case in further detail.