Earlier this month, a 38-year-old construction worker from New Jersey was killed at a construction site in Bronx, NY when an air conditioner fell on top of him. An industrial sized air conditioner, about 40-feet-long, was hoisted by a crane when the chain broke.
A witness tells the Daily News that the worker was guiding the crane operator when he was hit by the AC unit.
It is unclear who was responsible for the tragic accident, and the accident is under investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Possible causes of the accident may be due to:
OSHA has set standards for crane inspections in an effort to minimize the risk of injury and damage to workers.
Injured workers involved in crane accidents can suffer serious injuries, and as in this above tragic case, death.
Injured workers may have other legal rights beyond a worker's compensation claim, such as a third party case against the manufacturer of the crane. However, these cases can be complex and only an experienced workplace accident lawyer can help answer these complex questions.
If you were in an accident involving a crane, contact our construction accident lawyers who know how to handle crane accident cases. The lawyers at White and Williams LLP have the resources and experience to guide you and your family through these type of cases.